The decision as to what contractor to work with on your construction project can be a difficult one. It’s important that you take time to research so you can find the right construction company. Probably you’ve already asked for recommendations from friends and relatives and have checked references before settling on one that looks like the right fit for your home renovation or new construction. Well, you might want to ask them these questions before they get you to sign a contract.
Is the Company Licensed and Registered?
Never work with a contractor who doesn’t have the registrations, and license necessary to do construction work in your area. Licensed and registered contractors provide their clients with the assurance of quality work. Furthermore, most of these companies enroll in continuing trainings and educations courses with enhance their capacity and expertise. Be sure to verify the company’s credentials, accreditation, awards, and certifications.
How long have you been in Business?
The longer a construction company has been in business the more experience brings to your project. It’s doesn’t obviously mean that working with an older company will guarantee quality work. You must ask for the company’s most recent projects so you can verify their quality of service. An experienced company is more likely to have handled a projected similar to yours hence a higher likelihood of a successful project.
Do you have a Permanent Address?
Avoid working with a contractor without a permanent address as this can be a sign of illegitimacy. How will you reach such a company should problems arise during or even after the project? A construction company with a permanent physical address is legitimate and makes it easier for you to scope out their offices using Google Earth without necessarily having to visit their facility.
Does the Company have a Safety Program?
Employees are more productive and confident when they work with a company that maintains high safety expectations and practices. Injuries during the construction process can cause costly project delays. You should, therefore, choose to hire a contractor with effective safety techniques in place.
Can you Provide Valid References?
If you’re in business, you’d probably be hesitant hiring a new employee who isn’t willing to share contact details of his or her previous employers. You want to call them so you can know what kind of an employee the person was. Your contractor should provide you with valid references so you can call them and gain further insight into the quality of service the company offers. So, don’t be afraid to ask for references.
Has the Company Used Different Names in the Past?
Why would a company change names at any time in the past? You want to make sure you’re not working with a company which has had a bad reputation in the past. Multiple name changes could mean there’s something from their past they’re trying to hide. Unless it was a merger or some other strategic business choices, consider finding another contractor for your project.
Other important factors you should consider include how the company resolves complaints, the company’s workmanship warranty, and payment terms.