Choosing the right team to transform your outdoor space can be a tough process. You want someone who is reliable and who will finish your project on-time and on-budget. You also want to hire someone with a strong background and previous work record. Here are some questions to ask a contractor before you decide to hire them.
1. Do You Have a License?
Not every state requires hiring a licensed contractor, but it's still in your best interest to look for someone who is. Contact the licensing agency in your state for more information about the rules and whether or not your potential hire has a license. If you choose someone who isn't licensed, you could be responsible for someone who leaves unfinished work.
2. What Kind of Insurance Do You Carry?
If someone gets hurt on the job and your contractor doesn't have insurance, you could be held liable. That's why it's crucial to include insurance questions when hiring a contractor. Ask about worker's comp for their employees and any insurance that will protect you if something is damaged in your home that wasn't your fault.
3. Do You Have Some References I Can Contact?
There's a reason employers almost always ask for references before they hire someone. This needs to be one of the things you include when thinking about what to ask a contractor before hiring them. If they can't provide a list of references, that's already a red flag. If they do, make sure you call those people to see how their outdoor renovation went with this particular contractor.
4. What Is Your Expected Timeline?
No one wants to wait for months on end while your backyard turns into a construction site. Ask your contractor up front how long they expect the project to take. There are always little things that can delay an outdoor renovation, but your contractor should at least have a general idea of how long they will be working.
5. What Is Your Daily Work Schedule?
It's essential that you set up a daily work schedule when hiring a contractor. You don't want someone there all hours of the day or only showing up when they feel like it and dragging out your project. Establish a good working schedule early on that will benefit both you and the contractor you work with.
6. Can I Get Everything in Writing?
This is one of the most critical questions to ask a contractor. While the two of you may agree on things in-person, it's legally void if you don't have a signed contract. Include time estimates as well as the cost of materials, labor and the final project in a signed contract that holds both of you accountable.
Let the Project Begin
You deserve to work with a contractor that will turn your outdoor space into a paradise. Find a contractor through Wolf Home Products today and enjoy an exclusive five-year labor warranty. Whether you're looking for a contractor to help install siding or decking and railing, our experienced Wolf PROs can help you create the space of your dreams.