Now that you’ve chosen which general contractor you want to hire for your project, here are some necessary questions you should ask before the work begins.
How much experience do you have?
Be sure to research the reputation and reviews for the general contractor. Ask how long they’ve been in the business and how much experience they have. Although a business may be new, the owner should still be well-versed in the industry.
May I see your contracting license and certificate of insurance?
Do not work with a general contract that cannot produce their contracting license and certificate of insurance.
Will you arrange for the required inspection and obtain the necessary permits?
Although not every job requires permits, some do, and you’ll need to know what kind of permits are needed and the process for having inspections.
What is your projected timeline for this project?
It’s important to be on the same page with your general contractor in terms of the projected schedule. Keep in mind that unforeseen circumstances and repairs may affect this timeline.
What does your working day look like?
A clear picture of how the work will be completed is important for communication on both sides of the project. Advise your contractor of any key information pertaining to parking, facilities they’ll be able to use during the work, and who else, if anyone, will be present.
What is the payment schedule?
The Better Business Bureau advises that contracting work be paid in at least two installments, an initial payment and the final payment after the work has been completed. Get on the same page with your contractor about expected payment dates.
Will you keep me updated throughout the project?
Ask your contractor the best way to get in contact with them throughout the project, and how they plan to keep you updated on the progress.
How will my property be protected?
Will the contractor use tarps to cover your furniture or wear shoe coverings? Have an idea of what they provide and what you can do to protect your property.
Is there a warranty for your service or materials?
Many reputable contractors offer a warranty or guarantee on their work. Get the details on such an agreement and find out what it covers and for how long.
What if there are additional charges?
Every project comes with uncertain changes, once the work gets started. Have an understanding of how additional charges will be applied.
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