10 Rules Of Hiring A Contractor
Whether you are building Cheryl a new she-shed, installing a fence, or finally building that master-suite you’ve always dreamed of 10 rules apply to all situations when hiring a contractor. These are not Commandments and I’m not divinely influenced but follow these simple rules to avoid major pitfalls on your next project!
1. When hiring a contractor only hire state-licensed and insured contractors.
2. Check a contractor’s license number online or in person at your local/state governments.
3. Get at least three bids before hiring a contractor.
4. Get three references from each bidder and review past work in person.
5. Make sure all project expectations are in writing and only sign the contract if you completely understand the terms. Consult a real estate attorney. Not as expensive as you would think.
6. Before hiring a contractor confirm they have liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance.
7. Avoid paying more than 10% down or $1,000, whichever is less. * Never pay in cash.* If your contractor does not have the cash flow to purchase material you can pay the bills directly to the suppliers — like Lowes and HomeDepot in person.
8. Avoid letting payments get ahead of the work.
9. Keep a job file of all papers relating to your project, including all payments.
10. Do not make the final payment until you’re satisfied with the job.
See simple, nothing unreasonable. If a contractor acts like one of these is an “issue” probably best work with someone else. Remember they are working for YOU.