How to Hire a Patio Remodeling Contractor
Sometimes, it’s best to hire a pro instead of doing a job yourself. However, choosing the wrong contractor can lead to poor quality results, delays and even legal issues.
Consider the following before you decide on a certain patio remodeling contactor:
If, for any reason, you can’t get yourself to like a contractor, forget about him. The most important part of your patio remodeling project is choosing 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 proves that the contractor has taken and passed a state exam and demonstrated knowledge of building codes and processes. It also reduces your risk of getting ripped off. But don’t be content with a verbal guarantee. Get the contractor’s license number and verify it with authorities. In addition, dask for evidence of insurance. No insurance means you will be liable in case somebody gets hurt on your project.
Projects today are usually regulated and code-specific, so find someone who is knowledgeable with all the important details. Ask for references and check out 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. There is no such thing as a contract with 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. In the end, it’s still about hiring a contractor you trust because he’s not going to get a bad subcontractor on your job.
Sometimes, a contractor will refuse to accept your project because of your parameters. For example, if you want them to work a certain number of hours daily and the contractor wants less than that number, a 30-day project could extend to 45 days, costing you more money.
You may have to remove a fence so their concrete truck can enter your backyard, or you may have to move furniture so they can paint a room’s walls. Contractors and their workers may not want to touch anything to avoid causing any damage. Know your part of the deal and do them.
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. That only means that you will be obliged to pay that bill. If a contractor has a lien against him for a previous project, remove him from your list of prospects.