Many of us make mistakes before hiring a contractor. Very few of us check their insurances and we just trust things that people tell us. We should know whether the contractor is reliable enough. In some cases, their works could be sub-standard; they could be behind schedule regularly and didn’t finish previous projects. It would be easier to contact their previous clients and find out about the contractor’s performance. Here are things we should consider:
1. Proper insurance:
Contractors should have proper insurance. Accidents could happen in the construction site and we shouldn’t be blamed for it. The insurance should have liability, disability and compensation coverage in place. In some cases, it is possible for workers to sue us, not their employers; if they are injured at our homes. We could be on the hook if the contractor isn’t covered.
2. Proper contracts:
Before the work begins, a contract is needed. There are two copies of the contract that are signed and kept by each party. A contract should include full name, phone number, address and other contact information of each party. The amount of insurance coverage should be mentioned. The full amount of the project must be written clearly in both script and numeric.
Check whether they refer to the same amount of money. It is important to include the payment schedule; so it will be easier for us to know when we should pay. Being in a rush could cost us money, so it is important to check all items in the contract to make sure that we will have the budget to complete the project.
3. Descriptions of work:
Details of the project should be mentioned clearly in the contract. This section should be reasonably descriptive, so we can make sure that the contractor will perform the agreed methods. We should be fair and mention in the agreement if the driveway paving, painting, windows treatments and landscaping are included in the project. In some cases, the agreed methods can’t be performed due to unexpected things. In this case, we should be able to be reasonably flexible.
4. Day and hours of work:
A project can’t be completed if workers don’t work enough hours in a week. As an example, we should clearly define if workers need to be on the site between 8AM to 4PM, from Monday to Friday. It may be important to define the amount of compensation we need to pay if workers need to be on site outside the specified hours and days.
5. Completion date:
It’s clearly one of the most important details in our project. Both parties should agree to the completion date. Consider whether it is necessary to apply a daily penalty, such as $50 per day. This will motivate contractors to complete the project based on schedule. Again, we should be flexible. Some of the tasks may not be possible to do, because it rains.
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