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Questions To Ask Before Hiring A General Contractor
When a company prepares for a big construction project, they might begin by planning to do everything themselves, but after careful consideration feel as though they require outside help. However, before hiring a general contracting firm, some questions should be asked by the person in charge.
Some of the inquiries should include:
Are you licensed and bonded?
Before a business even thinks about hiring a contractor to start working for them, they need to make sure the company is licensed as well as bonded. Having only one area covered is not acceptable.
Ask for a copy of their license and then verify to make sure they have a good reputation. Also, make sure they are bonded, meaning they have funds available to pay out in the case of someone filing a claim against them.
Are you fully insured?
The contracting business needs to have liability and workers’ compensation insurance in place. Accidents can happen and if the company has sub-contractors working for them, who are injured on your property, you certainly want to avoid the headache of having to deal with lawsuits.
Make sure to acquire a copy of their insurance, check the date of expiration and confirm the document with the proper agency.
Do you have several other business references, in which you have done work?
A professional company in good standing within the community should not have a problem in providing positive recommendations for past employment. Take the time to get in touch with the contracting firm’s previous business customers, so you will know if they qualify for what you have in mind for your proposal.
This is just a small sampling of the questions you need to ask before hiring a general contractor. In the end, you will have peace of mind knowing they are properly covered as well as competent for what you want to accomplish.