How to Choose a Contractor?
When choosing a contractor it is important to gather as much information about the person or company that you are going to be dealing with, regardless of how large or small the job at hand is. It is a good idea to choose a contractor that is in good standing with their previous clients, sees the job through from start to finish, offers a high level of craftsmanship, is up to date with industry trends and technology, carries required licenses, follows necessary codes and standards, and holds liability insurance.
It is a good idea to "shop" for your contractor and to compare not only prices that are offered through estimates, but to obtain a list of references of their previous clients that you can call and personally talk to about how satisfied they were with the work that was done.
Questions to consider asking your contractor before you hire them:
1.) Full Name and Address of the Contractor/Company
2.) Does the Company carry insurance?
3.) How long has the Company been in business?
4.) Will the Contractor provide a list of references or referrals from previous jobs?
5.) Is the Company Licensed?
6.) Does the Company offer a Workmanship Warranty?
7.) What type of track record does the Company hold for solving Customer complaints?
8.) Does the Company employ their installers or do they hire Subcontractors?
Questions to ask a reference about your contractor:
1.) Would you hire this contractor again?
2.) Were you satisfied with the quality of their work?
3.) Was the contractor easy to talk to?
4.) Was the contractor responsive when requesting information or changes?
5.) What was the level of communication with the contractor?
6.) Was the job completed on time and at the bid price?
7.) Would you recommend this contractor to a family member?