Sometimes, it’s best to hire a pro instead of doing a job yourself. Picking the wrong one, however, can lead to low quality results, delays and even legal difficulties.
Below are considerations you should make before deciding on a particular patio remodeling contractor:
If, for any reason, you can’t get yourself to like a contractor, forget about him. The most crucial part of your patio remodeling project is selecting the right contractor. And the right contractor is always the contractor you trust 100%, not 98%.
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 remember to ask for proof of insurance too. No insurance means you will be liable in case somebody gets hurt on your project.
Most projects nowadays are regulated and code-specific, so choosing a contractor who knows all the details, is a must. Ask for client references and take a look at 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. There is no such thing as a contract with too many details. Truth is, the more details are included, the safer your interests 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. In the end, it’s still about hiring a contractor you trust because he’s not going to get a bad subcontractor on your job.
You may find a contractor who refuses to work on your project because he doesn’t agree with your parameters. For example, if you want them to work a certain number of hours daily and the contractor wants less than that number, a 30-day project could extend to 45 days, costing you more money.
You may have to move things out of a room so they can paint the walls, or remove a fence to allow a concrete truck to enter your backyard. Contractors may not permit their workers to touch anything so they don’t have to be responsible for any damages. 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. Avoid a contractor with a lien against him for a past project.