How many of you have hired a contractor before? My guess would be, not many, or if you have, you may have had a bad experience. There are so many questions that come to mind regarding hiring a contractor. Well, BuildersRx is here to help. The following information will help you answer some of your questions and give you some tips for picking a contractor.
When picking a contractor, consider these pointers:
Hire only licensed contractors. Unlicensed contractors can expose you to financial hardships should an injury occur or if there are mistakes made on the project. There are limited remedies to disputes with unlicensed contractors and this may be only through civil court, not the Contractors Board. You may have to pay a qualified licensed contractor a second amount to fix mistakes that could have been prevented had a licensed contractor been the original hiree.
Verify the contractor’s status. Check the license number, status, complaint and legal history with your state’s consumer protection officials. Ask for a copy of their current licenses and insurance certificates.
Get at least three bids in writing. Make sure all bids are based on the same materials, specifications, and scope of job. Getting multiple bids will help you compare pricing to make sure they are all reasonable. BEWARE—taking the lowest bid is not always the best option, this may mean they have underestimated the job or left off materials and this could cost you in the end.
Check a minimum of three of the contractor’s references. You should check out jobs, which are similar to the one you are considering, that the contractor has completed. Ask the customer if the schedule was kept to, if the contractor listened to their questions and concerns, and if they were pleased with the work and the way it was completed.
At BuildersRx, we do most of the work for you when picking a contractor. We will verify their licenses, insurance, and customer history. Since we only use licensed contractors, you won’ t have to worry about the headaches that could happen should you hire an unlicensed contractor. All you have to do is talk to the contractors we refer, look at the bids, and pick one you like.