There are many important things to consider when hiring a contractor. Here at Kaplan Construction, we want you to be aware of the things to consider when choosing a contractor. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides some useful tips while searching for the right contractor.
- Get estimates from different firms. Do not automatically choose the lowest bidder. Estimates will allow you to narrow down your choice.
- Ask questions. Questions such as “How many projects like mine have you done in the past year?”, “Will my project require permits?”, and “May I have a list of references?” will help you in the decision making process.
- Understand your payment options. Do not pay cash! Pay with card or check; you have proof of your payment. Try to make payments during the project contingent of defined amounts of work.
- Get a written contract. It should be clear and concise and include the who, what, where, when, and cost of your project.
You can find the complete and thorough list from the FTC here.