We’ve all been there – you’re spending good money on services with a contractor and they just aren’t listening to what you want, or even worse, you aren’t able to get a hold of them at all! Ideally your contractors will be experts in their field who know what it takes to get your job done correctly, on time, surpassing your expectations in the process. But it is also important that they don’t over assert their authority or expertise and bypass directions, guidelines or regulations because “they know best”.
Open communication is the key to any good relationship, right? Hiring a great contractor should be the beginning of a meaningful and beneficial connection. They will truly listen to what you are trying to accomplish, asking insightful questions along the way and interject their opinion only when it is going to positively affect the outcome of the project or prevent a major issue. Below are some helpful strategies when it comes to hiring a great contractor.
Don’t be afraid to ask for references
- Also check for local and national association and/or professional organization affiliation.
Don’t pay for an estimate
- Quality companies will do a thorough walk-through of your property and perform a detailed proposal and estimate at no charge.
Check for documentation
- Companies should have valid licenses and insurance, including workers comp, which protects you in the event of an accident on your property.
- You often have little to no recourse against unlicensed contractors.
Get everything in writing
- A qualified company will provide you with a written contract detailing the scope of work and complete pricing, including a termination clause. Read thoroughly before signing.
The cheapest option is not always the best option
- Shop around and get estimates. But remember, you may have to invest a little more for higher quality products and services.