The contractor you choose can make or break your construction or remodeling project. Finding the right contractor isn’t as simple as doing an online search. Sure, it might start with that. Similar to looking for any other provider, you’ll want to review their website, read reviews, and view their online portfolio.
10 Things to Ask Your Construction Contractor
Once you’ve narrowed down your options, you’ll want to sit down with them for an interview before you make a final decision. Here are ten things to ask a construction contractor before you sign any contracts or start work on your project.
1. Are you licensed for this type of work?
When you hire a general contractor, ask to see a copy of their license from the state. You can also look this up on the state licensing board’s website.
2. What type of insurance do you carry?
Every contractor you put on your shortlist should have general liability insurance as well as workers’ compensation coverage for their workers.
3. Have you completed projects similar to mine in the past?
You always want to choose a contractor who has worked on projects similar to yours.
4. Can you describe your process? Do you include design services?
Ideally, you want to work with a contractor who has a clearly-defined process. Ask them to explain it from start to finish. Will you be responsible for handling the design, or can they do this?
5. Who on your team will I be working with on the project?
You may not be working with the person you meet with at the company. Find out who will be on the job site from day to day and ask to meet them.
6. What is your preferred method of communication?
Not everyone communicates the same. Make sure your contractor’s preferred method of communication, whether it be via email, text, phone, or something else, works for you.
7. What sort of timeline can you commit to for this project?
It’s essential that you have a clear idea of when your contractor plans to begin your project and how long they expect it to take, particularly if you have a date in mind.
8. What payment schedule do you expect?
It’s important that you and your contractor are on the same page from the start with respect to the payment schedule. Are they asking for a deposit with payments at certain milestones? Get this in writing.
9. Can you provide a list of references?
Find out if you can speak with former clients to view the contractor’s work and discuss the process. If they aren’t willing to provide credible references, this could be a red flag.
10. Do you offer a guarantee for your work?
Most contractors will warranty their work, and some even put this guarantee in writing. This is something you want clearly disclosed in case there are any defects or problems down the road.
Contact an Experienced Construction Defect Lawyer in South Carolina or Nevada
You’ll want to ask your construction contractor plenty of questions as you head into a new project. But things can still go wrong before, during, and after the building process. If you believe you have a construction defect case, it’s important you speak with a knowledgeable attorney about the right approach.
The Clarkson Law Group, P.C. dedicates a larger portion of its practice in South Carolina and Nevada to construction defect cases. We assist clients in crafting effective strategies for fast and affordable dispute resolution. But, when necessary, we won’t hesitate to take your case to court. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your legal matter.