When customers ask a contractor questions, it shows that they’ve already done their homework and are prepared for what’s to come.
There are plenty of important questions that are crucial in the process of hiring a contractor. That’s why we’ve created a list of the top five most important questions that we at Vassallo Group find works best for our potential clients.
1. How long have you been in the industry?
Your ideal candidate should have been in the industry long enough to have at least ten references you can contact. Although experience doesn’t always mean better service, a company that has worked in the contracting industry for many years has already dealt with the initial growing pains. Companies with knowledge have established systems to ensure that their work is of the highest quality.
2. Do you have a contractor license?
As the owner of a property, you should make sure that the contractor you’re going to hire has gone through the necessary channels required to obtain the certifications needed. If an unlicensed contractor decides to leave mid-project, then you’re on your own whilst with a licensed contractor, you’ll have support from the state in this situation.
3. Do you have a certificate of insurance?
Besides asking a contractor if he’s insured, you should see how he’s insured. The contractor should carry workman’s comp insurance for their employees and liability insurance. Ensure that the contractor covers all employees with insurance before they step foot into the job. Doing this will give you peace of mind and will protect you legally.
4. What is the projected timeline for completion?
The answer you want to hear is a specific amount of time. A skilled contractor should be able to give you a predicted time for completion of the project. It’s important that as a client, you should have a clear idea of when your project will be started and finished and of any situations that might have an effect on this. Ask whether they’re currently caught up in other projects and how any changes to the timeline will be addressed.
5. What’s the payment schedule?
You should never be asked to pay the full price upfront by a reputable contractor. It’s essential to discuss payment terms before work commences, and be informed of exactly how much is owed and when-perhaps by particular dates or at specific milestones based on completed stages of the project.
Although asking questions might seem a bit overwhelming, especially if you don’t know the first thing about contractors, the communication between contractors and clients is key. Be prepared for the contractor to have their own list of questions as they’re constantly trying to figure out what your vision is. Having an open dialogue ensures that both parties will be satisfied.
At the end of the day, at Vassallo Group, our best interest as contractors is, to be honest and trustworthy. Our goal is to have our customers glow when they talk about the work we’ve done for them, so we’re ready to meet all your requirements and more.
For more information about our services, feel free to contact us today at 2143 2333.