Sometimes, it’s best to hire a pro instead of doing a job yourself. The wrong one, however, can cause delays and even legal problems, or worse, bad results.
Consider the following before you decide on a certain patio remodeling contactor:
If you just can’t make yourself like a contractor for whatever reason, don’t pick him. Nothing is more crucial to your patio remodeling project than picking the right contractor. And the right contractor can only be someone who has your 100% trust, not 99.99%.
License, Insurance and Bond
A license shows that the contractor has passed a state exam and proven their knowledge of building codes and processes. It also lowers your chances of being ripped off. But don’t be happy with a verbal assurance. Ask for the contractor’s license number and verify. In addition, dask for evidence of insurance. No insurance means you will be liable for any injuries on your project.
Projects today are usually regulated and code-specific, so find someone who is knowledgeable with all the important details. Ask for a list of client references and view some work samples.
A complete contract is one that covers all costs, brands of all materials to be used, estimated start and end dates, and the full set of drawings with detailed specs. No contract can have too many details. In fact, the more details, the safer you are.
A lot of contractors subcontract certain areas of the job, which isn’t totally bad. Besides, subcontractors are more experienced and knowledgeable in their special fields. It still boils down to choosing the right contractor because he won’t put a bad subcontractor on your project.
A contractor can decline your project because he’s not fine with your parameters. For instance, if you want them to start working at 9am and end at 5pm, but the contractor only works 6 hours a day, a month-long project can extend to a month and a half, and that will increase your total costs.
You may have to move things out of a room so they can paint the walls, or remove a fence to allow a concrete truck to enter your backyard. Contractors and their workers may not want to touch anything to avoid causing any damage. Know what you’re responsible for and fulfill those responsibilities.
Lastly, if you contractor has unsettled balances on the materials that were used in your project, the supplier can make you responsible by putting a lien on your home. What this means is that you could be obliged to settle that bill. Avoid a contractor with a lien against him for a past project.