Building and construction or renovations are always a huge decision to make and involves a lot of planning, decision making and of course saving. Many people think that by hiring a cheap contractor they are saving money but believe me, in the long run, it will cost you so much more. I am not only talking dollars and cents here but also your sanity.
Do your homework when deciding on major building renovations to your property. Research contractors and shop around for quotations.
Always use reputable contractors that are licensed and registered or bonded. If the person you are speaking to does not have contractors insurance, it’s not worth considering. Registered and licensed contractors are usually obligated to have active insurance for property damage as well as damage or injury to their employees. Bonded contractors are also covered by the same insurances, but they have purchased the insurance themselves to be covered for the specific work they perform. These kinds of insurance are extremely important to you as the property owner, if a contractor damages your property or fails to complete the obligated tasks, you are covered with compensation, so you don’t lose your money at the end of the day.
Licensed contractors are a guarantee that the work being performed will be up to scratch because to obtain the license, they had to partake it tests to prove their capabilities.
In many states, you will not be able to enforce a warranty on poor workmanship if you use an unlicensed contractor. The state contractor boards cannot be held liable for work done by a contractor that has not been approved by the board themselves and obtained a license.
Licensed contractors have a fair aptitude for the business side of things as well as this would have formed a part of the testing for capabilities by the State Contractors Board. You want someone who you can trust with costing your project. The building is costly enough without having any nasty surprises halfway through the project.
You want a contractor who is going to make the building process as hassle free as possible.
When deciding on your contractor, always do your personal research.
Ensure to hire a contractor who is always available to take your call no matter how big or small the “emergency.” The staff should be helpful, knowledgeable and willing and able to answer all you questions or complaints. Phone around to previous clients and get some feedback on the work done and whether it was done to satisfaction, query whether the contractors were tidy and discreet or left the place a mess at the end of the day and perhaps one of the most important factors is check up on their after service care.
The building is a huge task with a costly price tag and at the end of the day, you want to feel that you received your money’s worth when the work is completed. This is your home or office we are talking about here, and you really shouldn’t cut costs where the safety of your family or colleagues may be at stake due to bad workmanship. Cheapest is not always best.