It isn’t easy finding the perfect contractor to trust for your business construction needs. There are so many to choose from. Taking your time, performing due diligence, and asking the right questions can help you make smarter hiring decisions when it comes to hiring contractors for your business. These are a few great questions to ask before hiring contractors.
The answer to this question helps you to establish the amount of experience a contractor has as well as to determine whether he has had time to develop a reputation, for better or worse, within the community.
For the most part, terrible contractors who do shoddy work don’t stay in business very long. It’s not definitive proof of quality, but a good sign for contractors to have been in business several years. Also ask if they’ve done business under a different name for added security and peace of mind.
Not all experience comes in being a private contractor. Some experience can be gained by working for other contractors.
What you really want to know is how much experience a contractor has, who they’ve worked with or for to gain that experience, and whether or not they have specific experience with the job you’re hiring them to do.
Not only do you want to know if they have their own insurance to cover their work and possible damage to your property but also to cover their workers through workers’ compensation coverage.
Beyond that, you want to make sure any subcontractors they hire are insured or whether you’re responsible for insuring them. Don’t just take their word for it. Get documentation. Many experienced contractors will offer proof of insurance. If they don’t, ask.
It’s always good to take the opportunity to see examples of their work in action. Look for the finer details and not just the big picture.
This is the one you want most. You want to talk to people they’ve work with in the past, so you can ask about their experiences with the contractors. Questions you may wish to ask them include things like:
Don’t just ask. Verify the accuracy of their claims as well – especially when it comes to things like licenses and permits. It’s too important to simply take their word for it as it offers you an added layer of protection should something go wrong.
Protect yourself when hiring a contractor by asking these key questions. Also, make sure you have the right kind of insurance to protect you and your business from potentially bad contractor experiences. Call Zuma Insurance today at 866-400-4434 to learn what kind of coverage you need to best protect your interests before hiring a contractor.