Many people choose to hire a contractor for home improvement projects so they will get done in a professional and timely manner. However, not all contractors operate to the same standards. Be ready to ask some questions to ensure you find one that you are comfortable working with.
1. Are You Licensed and Insured?
A contractor’s license tells you that the person you are hiring has gone through the appropriate training and has sufficient knowledge to perform the work they are proposing. That is why any contractor you hire to do work on your home should have the appropriate license for your area. Ask for their Connecticut contractor license number and check that it is current before you sign any contracts. You should also ask about liability and worker’s compensation insurance to make sure the costs of any injuries or property damage will be covered. If there is any hesitation or something doesn’t check out, move on to the next company.
2. Do You Provide Free Estimates?
One of the best ways to compare construction companies is to look at estimates side by side. It allows you to break down costs and get a clear picture. That comparison is much easier if you are able to secure free estimates from each contractor, which is something most are more than happy to provide. If a company insists you pay a deposit or fee to get an estimate, especially if it is for a smaller job and others are willing to provide one for free, it could be a red flag.
3. Can You Provide Samples of Your Work and References?
Once you have narrowed your selection down. ask to see samples of previous, similar projects. Talk to previous clients and get a feel for the contractor and their crew. Any references provided should have contact information so you can reach out and ask questions.
Working with a professional contractor can make any improvement project go more smoothly. Asking the right questions can help you find one you are comfortable with.