We are in some tough times and everyone is looking for work. When disasters hit, lots of people want to do construction too. You have to protect yourself. So here are a few simple tips to follow, prior to hiring that person or company to do your work.
Ask the company/individual how long they have been building, remodeling, or how long they have been a general contractor. They should be able to answer with proof and confidence.
Ask the company/individual for their website, references, and business card. Check these out. Does the website show construction of a home or building? What kind of feedback did you get on their references for the construction project? What does their business card really reflect?
Does the company/individual have a primary business and they have expanded to be a general contractor? Diversifying can be good and bad. Are they familiar with being a general contractor on a home or building? Anyone can hire subs, but to know what all has to be done is another question. Will they pull your permits and register the building, get the proper inspections? Expanding a business is good, as long as it is done properly and not at your expense.
Don’t ever just give money to a stranger to get started on your job. This really happens in a time of disaster. Beware of those coming through looking for work and want their money up front.
Once you hire the general contractor, ask for details of their expected work. What will you get? What materials will they use? What is the timeline for the work to be done? Both of you should sign this job specification prior to the work beginning.
These are just some simple things to check out and ask for in your construction projects to protect yourself.
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