Who Will Be On The Job Site?
The person that meets you to complete the estimate, may or may not be the one that shows up Monday morning to get started on your project. You should ask, who will actually be doing the work. Will they be hiring subcontractors, will the estimator or owner be onsite? There is no right or wrong answer here, just make sure you know so that you are not surprised or disappointed. A reliable contractor like us here at W.B. Sanders Inc. will answer this and other questions you might have. Subcontractors are really a good idea especially when they are there to complete a specific skill or detailed oriented project that requires experience or specialty tools.
Remember, you are inviting the contractor and his employees into your house. If there are some basic guidelines you want followed such as start or finish times each day, make sure this is discussed at the onset of the project. Giving some simple guidelines can help both you and the contractor from uncomfortable situations or misunderstandings. Don’t limit the number of working hours per day, because if you do the project may go extra days, which would cost you more money. Just make sure all of this is expressed during the bidding process.
Do Your Part
If furniture, TVs or art need to be moved during a project, make sure this is discussed. The contractor may feel more comfortable as you might, moving your own valuables out of the area before a project begins. If you have pets, let the contractor know, and where they will be kept during the project. The last thing your contractor wants is to be responsible for your cat or dog escaping your house!
Liens…And What You Should Know
One last piece of advice is, do a little research. Look up your contractors licensing, Google the company see if you can find any information about your contractor you are considering that could throw up some flags. Liens are one items that you need to steer clear of. Think of it like this. If the contractor you are considering hasn’t paid all his bills on a past project, he may not pay all yours. You might think this is not your problem since you paid the contractor. Technically a supplier can lein a homeowner if they are not paid for supplies purchased for your project. Check references and make phone calls to past clients and financial references if possible.
We would love to review your next project and provide a quote. Give our office a call and find out why we are trusted and relied on by locals when it comes to remodeling their dream homes here in Southwest Florida. When you think about your next remodel project, think W.B. Sanders Inc.