It’s usually best to hire an expert instead of taking on a job yourself. However, choosing the wrong contractor can lead to poor quality results, delays and even legal issues.
Here are things to consider when deciding on a contractor to remodel your patio:
If there’s any reason you can’t seem to warm up to a contactor, don’t hire him. The most crucial part of your patio remodeling project is selecting the right contractor. And the right contractor is always the contractor you trust 100%, not 98%.
License, Insurance and Bond
A license shows that the contractor has passed a state exam and proven their knowledge of building codes and processes. It also reduces the possibility that a contractor is a scam. But a verbal assurance is not all you need. Ask for the contractor’s license number and verify. And remember to ask for proof of insurance too. No insurance means you will be liable for any injuries on your project.
Most projects nowadays are regulated and code-specific, so choosing a contractor who knows all the details, is a must. Ask for references and check out work samples.
A complete contract is one that covers all costs, brands of all materials to be used, estimated start and end dates, and the full set of drawings with detailed specs. No contract can have too many details. In fact, the more details are included, the safer it will be for you.
A lot of contractors subcontract certain areas of the job, which isn’t totally bad. Besides, subcontractors are more thorough in their knowledge of their specific expertise. We still go back to selecting the right contractor because he’s not going to hire bad subontractors for your project.
You may find a contractor who refuses to work on your project because he doesn’t agree with your parameters. For example, if you want them to work a certain number of hours daily and the contractor wants less than that number, a 30-day project could extend to 45 days, costing you more money.
You may have to move things out of a room so they can paint the walls, or remove a fence to allow a concrete truck to enter your backyard. Contractors may not allow their workers to do these things because they don’t want to be responsible for any damages. Know your part of the deal and do them.
Finally, if your contractor fails to pay for the materials used in your project, the supplier can put a lien on your home. That simply means you will be liable for that bill. Avoid a contractor with a lien against him for a past project.