It’s often best to work with an expert rather than undertaking a project yourself. Picking the wrong one, however, can lead to low quality results, delays and even legal difficulties.
Here are things to consider when deciding on a contractor to remodel your patio:
If you just can’t make yourself like a contractor for whatever reason, don’t pick him. The most crucial part of your patio remodeling project is selecting the right contractor. And the right contractor is always the contractor you trust 100%, not 98%.
License, Insurance and Bond
A license shows that the contractor has passed a state exam and proven their knowledge of building codes and processes. It also reduces the possibility that a contractor is a scam. But a verbal assurance is not all you need. Know the contractor’s license number and take time to verify. In addition, dask for evidence of insurance. No insurance means you will be liable in case somebody gets hurt on your project.
Projects today are usually regulated and code-specific, so find someone who is knowledgeable with all the important details. Ask for a list of client references and view some work samples.
A complete contract includes all materials to be used in the project and their brands and costs, along with specific estimated start and end dates. No contract can ever be too detailed. In fact, the more details, the safer you are.
A lot of contractors subcontract certain areas of the job, which isn’t totally bad. Besides, subcontractors are more thorough in their knowledge of their specific expertise. It still boils down to choosing the right contractor because he won’t put a bad subcontractor on your project.
Sometimes, a contractor will refuse to accept your project because of 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 and their workers may not want to touch anything to avoid causing any damage. Know what you have to do 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 simply means you will be liable for that bill. Avoid a contractor with a lien against him for a past project.