How to “Vet” A New Contractor
Before working with a new contractor it’s good to know who you’re working with. In fact, it’s actually really important. It affects a lot of things like budget, project timeline, quality of work, safety standards, quality of their help, the contractor’s licensing and if your project is completed legally.
It’s really important to fully “vet” any contractor that you choose before paying any deposits or signing a contract.
You’ll want to see examples of past work completed, talk to referrals, double-check their business reviews and more. If you don’t, you could find yourself being overcharged, over budget, and with a totally incomplete project and out of compliance with the city or even the state regulations.
It can be a little awkward asking for these things, but don’t be sheepish. It’s actually their job to prove their value, their credentials and win the work from you. Make them do the leg work in providing these things. If they can’t, or worse won’t, then you really should look for someone else. The company should easily be able to provide everything listed or you should run away, fast.
It’s not an overstatement. Run. Working with the wrong contractor can make you crazy and cost you a fortune. Do your homework and make sure you don’t get scammed.
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