Hiring a Knoxville contractor can be frustrating and confusing. It is a little disconcerting to know that a stranger will be moving freely about your home or property – and likely bringing other people with him. There are some ways to minimize the anxiety and relieve some of your concerns. Take these steps when you are hiring a contractor.
Your contract should cover things like the start and finish dates (at least approximate), how it will be handled if the contractor goes beyond the finish date, costs and brands of materials used. It should include a complete set of blueprints or drawings that will be used as well as written specifications. The more detailed your contract is, the better. The contract protects both parties, the homeowner and the contractor. You may want to check with an attorney who is familiar with contracting laws. Just remember detail, detail, detail.
It is up to you to set the ground rules for how you want the contractor and his workers to conduct themselves in your home or on your project. If you don’t want him and his crew showing up until after 7 am or staying past a certain time, then you need to tell him before you hire him.
If you need the work completed by a certain date or if you need certain benchmarks to occur at certain times he needs to know that as well. Other things to consider would be the workers using your bathroom or how workers conduct themselves around your children (language, inappropriate conversations). After all, they will be coming into your home and around your family. You need to keep control of the situation. Be prepared, though, some contractors may not be able to take the job because of your boundaries. But if violating those boundaries are deal breakers, then stick to your guns.
Your contractor is working on your home so there will be some things that you will need to do to aid the process. You may need to clear out a room so it can be painted or make a way for delivery trucks. Know what the contractor needs and expects from you. It is best to get it all in writing – in your contract if you know about it ahead of time. Secure your pets while the contractors are coming in and out of your home and keep your children away from the construction area. The work is being done on your home so know what part you play in it, what your responsibilities are and what you can do to help the contractor. Then do those things without fail.
Before you choose a contractor, you want to see how good his work is. Asking to see projects he has already completed lets you see the quality of the work, but it may also inspire you in your own project. Ask for references and talk to some of his past clients to get a feel for their experience with him.