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.
Consider the following before you decide on a certain patio remodeling contactor:
If, for any reason, you can’t get yourself to like a contractor, forget about him. The most important part of your patio remodeling project is choosing the right contractor. And the right contractor can only be someone who has your 100% trust, not 99.99%.
License, Insurance and Bond
A license indicates that the contractor has demonstrated expertise in building codes and processes and passed an exam administered by the state. It also lowers your chances of being ripped off. But don’t be happy with a verbal assurance. Ask for the contractor’s license number and verify. In addition, dask for evidence of insurance. No insurance means you could be liable if someone on your projects gets injured.
Most projects nowadays are regulated and code-specific, so choosing a contractor who knows all the details, is a must. Ask for a list of client references and view some 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. Truth is, the more details are included, the safer your interests are.
A lot of contractors subcontract certain areas of the job, which isn’t totally bad. After all, subcontractors have a more thorough knowledge of what they do specifically. In the end, it’s still about hiring a contractor you trust because he’s not going to get a bad subcontractor on your job.
A contractor can decline your project because he’s not fine 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 remove a fence so their concrete truck can enter your backyard, or you may have to move furniture so they can paint a room’s walls. Contractors may not permit their workers to touch anything so they don’t have to be responsible for any damages. Know your part of the deal and do them.
Lastly, if you contractor has unsettled balances on the materials that were used in your project, the supplier can make you responsible by putting a lien on your home. That only means that you will be obliged to pay that bill. Avoid a contractor with a lien against him for a past project.