How to “Vet” A New Contractor

Before working with a new contractor it’s always good to know who you’re working with. In fact, it’s actually really important to know this fact. 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, and over budget. Or, even worse, 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, and their credentials and win the work from you, not another way around. 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 go crazy and cost you a fortune. Do your homework and make sure you don’t get scammed on the way to your goal. 

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