Vital Questions Prior To Hiring A Contractor

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When you are looking to remodel or renovate your home, you will have many important decisions to make. For example, you will need to decide whether you want to renovate you entire house, or just work on a specific room like your kitchen or bathroom. Do you want to update your home while keeping the same style, or do you want to change the look and feel of it completely? How about adding a patio or a swimming pool? While all of these decisions are very important, no choice you have to make is more vital than picking out which Los Angles home remodeling contractor you will use for the job.

When it comes to contractors, one thing that you must always remember is that they are not all equal when it comes to skill set. Some are unreliable. Some are uncreative. Some are unscrupulous. That is why when you are choosing a contractor for your home remodeling job, you should ask them some questions that will give you a better window into their business. Then, you will be much more comfortable making a final decision about which contractor you should choose for your job.

Here are 3 vital questions that you should ask any contractor before hiring them:

 

1) Are You licensed and insured?

Asking a contractor whether they are licensed and insured can be done before you even invite them out to your home to discuss your project. And simply put, if the answer to this question is anything other than a straightforward “yes,” then you can cross them off the list. Depending on where you live, find out what licenses a contractor in your area needs before asking. As far as insurance is concerned, make sure they have both liability and workman’s compensation. Once they tell you they are both licensed and insured, ask them to see documentation. This needs to be done for two reasons. One, unscrupulous contractors may lie and tell you they are licensed and insured, even though they are not. And two, contractors have been known to use a license that belongs to someone else. Check the name to make sure it matches the contractor you’re speaking to.

2) Who will be at the job site, and who will be supervising?

It is always important to know just who will be setting foot on your property, and if there will be adequate supervision. One of the main reasons this is so important has to do with question one. More specifically, any subcontractor who works on your job should also be insured. If they aren’t, you might be at risk as the homeowner. It is also nice to meet the supervisor and have their contact information. In many cases, the supervisor doesn’t have to be on site at all times. But if something goes wrong, it’s extremely important that you know who to contact first. Additionally, you should also have the phone number and email address of the contractor him or herself.

3) Have you done similar work, and can you show me examples?

Just because a contractor can install wood floors, doesn’t mean they are great at redoing kitchen cabinets. Just because they are great painters, doesn’t mean you want them tiling your bathroom floor. Not all contractors are great in all areas. That’s why it’s vital that you ask them if they have experience doing work similar to what you need done. If they say no, it’s probably time to move on. If they say yes, ask them to see pictures. You also may want to get a reference from a homeowner who had a similar job done just to be sure.

If you would like to speak to a reputable Los Angeles home remodeling contractor who is very happy to answer these, and any other questions you may have, please give us a call at (213) 232-4783 or contact us here. We can also have one of our team members come out to your home to give you a free estimate on your project.

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