While new house sales may on a down right now, in Tennessee contractor services are on the rise. But it can be difficult to hire a contractor who is not only good, but who is good for you. Ask these questions when looking for a contractor for your next project.
Trust your intuition. This person will be in your home, around your kids, your family. They could be there days or it could be months. They will also have the appearance and often structure of your house in their hands. Do you trust them? If your contractor lies to you, even if it is just to embellish his experience, you have grounds to not trust him. Thank him, excuse him and move on to the next one.
Make sure that the contractor you choose has a license to do contracting in your area. The license shows that the contractor has taken an exam and understands building codes, policies and procedures. Make sure it is for YOUR AREA. A Knoxville contractor should have knowledge of the laws of Tennessee regarding building codes.
He should also be bonded and insured, not only to protect him but to also protect you. Did you know that if one of his workers gets hurt on the job and he has no insurance that you could be held liable as the property owner? Did you know that if your neighbor’s property is damaged due to something your uninsured contractor does while working on your home that you may have to pay? Don’t just take his word for it, request to see him insurance documentation and make sure that it covers those types of damages.
When choosing a contractor, you need to do your homework. Select one that has experience in your type of project. By choosing a contractor who specializes in what you need done can, for the most part, complete the job faster and more efficiently, is less prone to make costly mistakes and can give you good advice regarding your project. If you are going to pay someone, pay a pro.
Different types of projects require different levels of personnel. You need to know if your contractor or your contractor and his crew will be doing the work or will all or part be subcontracted out to someone else. Larger projects tend to call for more hands and typically a contractor will subcontract certain portions such as siding or roofing. That is not a bad thing, but you want to know who will be traipsing around on your property and through your home. This goes back to trusting your contractor.
In some states, when a contractor does not pay his bills, say building material for your project, the vendor can collect from you, the homeowner, even if you have already paid the contractor. The best way to avoid this is to look into your contractor’s legal history. If he owes money on past projects, look elsewhere. He is likely a legal liability and in something you don’t want to get in the middle of. Find a contractor with a clean legal history, that is a much safer bet.