It’s time. You need to hire a general contractor to get a job done. But you want the job done right, on time, and within budget, right? Right. The process of hiring a general contractor can be foreign and feel totally overwhelming. But if you’re armed with the right questions to ask, you can be sure to hire the right company for the job. But where do you start? Let’s discuss the questions to ask your general contractor during your very first conversation.
Questions To Ask Your Contractor
The First Conversation
1. How long have you been working in the industry?
You want to learn that the general contractor you’re considering is well seasoned and has plenty of experience. A good frame of reference here is if they’re able to offer at least ten to twenty references you can contact. In our case, founder Joe Balich has been working in the industry for 40 years. So we guess you could say he’s well-seasoned. 😉
2. Are you licensed?
You want to hear an emphatic and confident yes. But you need to keep in mind that not all states require a general contractor to be licensed. There are, however, certain requirements that general contractors must meet within certain states. You can actually do a little research on your own to find out if a contractor you’re considering is licensed by visiting this site here.
3. Do you carry workman’s comp insurance for your employees?
The answer here should be yes. And the coverage should include each and every employee that will be on your property. If your contractor isn’t properly insuring the employees on your property and one of them gets injured while on the job, it could mean bad news for you. What do we mean? Well, say Ralph Roofer falls off the ladder while on your property. If he is uninsured, you could be responsible for his medical bills.
4. Do you have insurance in case something in my home gets broken during the construction process?
You want to be assured here that they do, in fact, have the proper insurance to cover your personal belongings. Obviously, no company is entering your home with the intention of breaking anything, but accidents happen. And you certainly don’t want to be left financially responsible if something happens. The company you hire should be able to ensure that if they break something, they will fix it or cover the costs to do so.
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