What To Look For In A Contractor
- Proof of Worker’s Compensation and Liability Insurance sent to you directly from their agent so that you know it is up-to-date and can rest assured that you are protected from frivolous lawsuits or damage to your property.
- Ability to provide 3 or more references from past clients to allow you to speak with someone who has first-hand experience with the contractor and can verify their credibility
- Pictures of previous work completed that is similar to your project so that you can see the quality of the contractor’s work
- Ability to submit an estimate within 24-48 hours to ensure that they are prompt in their responses. If they aren’t diligent in earning your business, it may be a red flag
- List of inclusions and exclusions pertaining to the scope of work (everything must be in writing to protect your rights). This saves the hassle of grey areas and allows for both sides to share the same expectations.
- Accredited by the Better Business Bureau with a good rating because the more a company has to lose from poor service, the more likely they are to do things correctly.
- Submission of lien waiver upon final payment. This is more important than a paid receipt because it proves that you are in good standing with the contractor who now has no right to place a lien on your home.