When you’re looking to hire a contractor, it can be difficult to determine which one is best suited for your needs. To help you narrow down your search and to make finding the right contractor we have compiled this list to aid you in your search!
Licensed and Insured
Always hire a licensed and insured contractor and demand that all sub-contractors be licensed and insured, too.
- Allows for a recourse in disputed matters (carries liability insurance).
- Better chance of a reputable company.
- Abides by the law.
Check Their Credentials
You should be checking contractors out through the State License Board, Better Business Bureau, & References.
Note: Google and Yelp! reviews are not enough.
Communicate, communicate, communicate! The contractor needs to have the ability to listen, make valuable suggestions, as well as making your dreams a clear reality.
Everything in Writing
There should never be anything assumed. Always make sure to have every aspect of work in writing. This includes any changes in cost which should always have a written change-order. The less gray area the better. Remember, there is more than one way to build a box.
Never Pay Ahead
California law states that only a $1,000 deposit, or 10% of the contract (whichever is less) is required to begin work.
Look for Honesty
Contractors have many opportunities to pad the bill and take advantage
Budget, Budget, Budget
Create, maintain and review the budget during course of construction. Understanding where your money is going significantly helps to justify cost.
Look for someone that has been around for a while. You don’t want a contractor learning as they go on your project.
If a contractor can achieve all of the above, you will not only receive a quality job, but a lasting friendship as well.