The Best Questions to Ask When Hiring a Contractor in 2019
Are you looking to have construction work done on your property in the near future? In today’s world, it is relatively easy to find the best contractors, as well as the reviews and social proof to back up their credibility. Places like Angie’s List and Task Rabbit can be helpful tools to research and get in touch with contractors; however, just because a contractor has 5-stars online doesn’t always mean they are a good fit for you.
We at John Scott Insurance are here to help things go right for our insurance customers and to avoid potential problems before they happen. That’s why our team has compiled a list of the most important questions to ask contractors before hiring them.
1. Are you licensed?
One of the basic questions indeed. You may want to ask for a copy of their license. Make sure their licenses are up-to-date and they are registered with the state you’re located in.
2. How long have you been running your own crew?
In this question, you’ll find out how well the crew works together. Crews that have been working together for longer periods of time tend to work more cohesively and efficiently.
3. How many guys do you have on your crew?
There’s nothing wrong with the one-man crew if it’s a small job. However, if you’re trying to meet a more aggressive deadline, a one-man band isn’t the way to go.
4. Where is your office?
Some contractors may not have an office. However, if they do, we recommend stopping by for a visit. This will give you additional insight into how they run their business and give you a feel for their staff.
5. Do you have insurance?
Take it from the insurance professionals… You’ll want to follow-up with asking them for the type of insurance they have and how much coverage they have. Having an insured contractor on the job protects you and it protects them in case of some unforeseen disaster.
6. Do you have a list of references?
Very important and very much overlooked for the new investor. Ask them if they have any projects that are going on and if you can visit them.
7. Will you be using subcontractors on this project?
Most contractors will have guys on their crew who hang windows, install cabinets, etc. in most cases, they then sub out the electrical and plumbing. But regardless, it’s good to ask how they operate.
8. Do you give written warranties?
In this case, you may want to pose the question less formally like; “If you’re doing an all-new interior, what happens if something goes wrong?”
9. What is the most complicated job you have done?
Ask this question to get an understanding of the complexity of work they’re familiar with.