Sometimes, it’s best to hire a pro instead of doing a job yourself. The wrong one, however, can cause delays and even legal problems, or worse, bad results.
Consider the following before you decide on a certain patio remodeling contactor:
If you just can’t make yourself like a contractor for whatever reason, don’t pick him. The most important part of your patio remodeling project is choosing the right contractor. And the right contractor can only be someone who has your 100% trust, not 99.99%.
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 lowers your chances of being ripped off. But don’t be content with a verbal guarantee. Get the contractor’s license number and verify it with authorities. And don’t forget to ask for proof of insurance as well. No insurance means you will be liable for any injuries on your project.
A lot of projects are regulated and code-specific today that you need someone who knows all of the necessary details. Ask for references and check out work samples.
By “complete contract,” we mean a contract that contains all the materials to be used, their brands and costs, and the dates when the project is estimated to start and end. No contract can have too many details. 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. We still go back to selecting the right contractor because he’s not going to hire bad subontractors for your project.
You may find a contractor who refuses to work on your project because he doesn’t agree with your parameters. For instance, if you want them to start working at 9am and end at 5pm, but the contractor only works 6 hours a day, a month-long project can extend to a month and a half, and that will increase your total costs.
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 your part of the deal and do them.
Lastly, if your contractor has unpaid balances on the materials used in your project, the supplier can place a lien on your property. That only means that you will be obliged to pay that bill. If a contractor has a lien against him for a previous project, remove him from your list of prospects.