Contractors? Who know’s how to choose one?
Whether you’re painting your living room, adding a back deck or remodeling a bath, there always seems to be a snag. Any home renovation can be an emotional roller-coaster, even under the best of circumstances, and determining the good contractors from the bad can be a project in itself.
HOW TO HIRE A GOOD CONTRACTOR
- Hire someone local.
- Get three estimates.
- Check out his truck.
- Call three past customers.
- Visit a job.
Don’t move forward unless you’ve gotten three estimates on each piece of the work that you want to do. You can’t just fall in love with the lowest estimate. You have to make sure that the person is competent and can do good work. You may have to pay a little bit more to know that the job will be done.
It’s really common sense to ask your contractor a lot of questions. Even if you know the answers to the questions, you want to hear what he says, how he talks. If he’s evasive on anything, don’t hire the guy. You’ve got to build trust from the beginning because the trust card is what you’re going to live with —or really wish you had — right through the job.
This is the most reliable test out there for contractors: Go have a look at that contractor’s truck. If it’s a mess, the job he’s going to run is going be a total mess. You have to appreciate, the truck is that contractor’s office, and how he manages his truck is exactly what he’s going to do with your job. So have a look at his truck. It’s important, and most people don’t bother to walk the contractor back down the steps and have a look at that vehicle.
The most important questions to ask
- “What is your availability?”
- “How long will it take to complete the job?”
- “How many people do you have working for you?”
- “Will you be personally on the job each day?”
What to include in the contract
- Change orders.
- Number of workers each day.
- Proof of insurance.
- Permits, permit fees and inspections.
- Exclude fixtures and appliances.
- Hold last third of monies until job is completed.
Also, you want to address the question of change orders. It’s human nature to go through a job and then to realize you want something a little different. If you don’t have a specified price for each change, you’re going to get ripped off in the end.
If your in the South Florida area then you probably have seen our vans and trucks roaming your streets. Southern Coast Construction Services is the leader in customer service in South Florida. We make sure you are taken care of in the utmost of respect. We also price match most jobs so if you get a estimate a bit lower then ours call us back and we will work with you to make sure you get the best price and quality service around. Call us today (561)-584-8455 or (954)-495-8040