Hiring a contractor is a daunting task. With countless reality TV shows about bad contractors and nightmare projects, it’s no wonder many people are uneasy. Not to worry, at Stop and Store York we are here to give you some tips on hiring the right contractor for the job.
The quickest way to vet a contractor before you hire them is to ask for their license number. In almost every state it’s required to have one. If they hesitate or don’t have one, walk away, actually, run away. Through this number you can see if any claims have been filed against them, which is a great thing to know.
You need to get 2 things: Phone number and address. The address should be permanent one, and not a PO box. If they contracting company does not have a physical place of business, we suggest looking elsewhere. There are tons of scams where contractors just move from town to town.
Knowing just what their insurance policy entails will help you in deciding if they are right for the job. Things can go wrong and if they do, you want to make sure you are fully covered. Make sure the coverage is enough for the value of the property they are working on.
Simple and straight forward. Make sure you get a detailed quote on the total cost for the project, this will protect you should the budget “unexpectedly” go over. Also make sure to explain that you need to confirm any unaccounted for expense before it happens.
This very much goes with experience, ask if they have done a similar job and ask to see an example. If they say no or refuse to show you proof, it’s time to walk away.
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