The success of your rehab will depend on two things: having a clear picture of what you are trying to accomplish and hiring a quality contractor.
When interviewing contractors to work in your home, you will want to ask a series of questions to protect your home and investment. The suggested interview questions in this article will help determine whether your initial impression was accurate and make sure that you are finding a contractor who will respect you and the job.
The contractor will also be interviewing you, so be courteous and professional. There are certain criteria that you need to find in a contractor to make sure the experience will be a positive one. Any reputable contractor will be willing to answer these questions and will probably even be expecting them.
Look for a minimum of three years of trade experience; five or more years is even better.
An established contractor should own all of the tools necessary to do the job you are hiring him for. A contractor who can’t do work at your project because the equipment he needs is not available is not the contractor you need.
You want to make sure that your potential contractor isn’t stretched too thin so that he/she can deliver on their promised timeline.
If a contractor is not licensed and isn’t willing to get the proper permits, you don’t want to work with him. Working with a licensed contractor who doesn’t want to cut corners is another layer of protection for you if there are any problems with the project. Do go online and validate that the license number is real and accurate.
Again, working with a contractor who doesn’t have insurance is a liability for you. Any damage or injuries that happen on the job site will be your problem if you are unwise enough to work with an uninsured contractor. Don’t be afraid to ask for a copy of the insurance for verification.
It is perfectly normal for your contractor to subcontract work in certain disciplines. However, they need to be upfront about this and you have the right to approve or disapprove of any contractor that will be working on your property. Confirm that the project manager will be on premise with the subcontractors to oversee quality and productivity.
You want a contractor who is financially stable enough to be able to front costs for materials and isn’t rushing to make the first payment milestone.
Obviously, a contractor isn’t going to give you bad references but a quick call or visit to view the end product first-hand can shed some light. Don’t skip this step.
With these screening questions asked, you should have some confidence in the quality of the contractor. From this stage, you will compare prices and personalities to narrow down which contractor you want to work with.
See our previous article on “How to Find a Reliable Contractor” to get insight on how to find contractors to interview.