When it comes to hiring tradesmen and contractors for household projects, do your homework by asking them some of the following questions.
Establish expectations and parameters
- These are the tasks I have in mind. Are you able to handle them?
- If you have household items requiring special care, describe them. How do you plan to handle these items?
- What is your schedule? Is it flexible?
- How will you communicate with me before, during and after the job?
- If something is wrong, will you come back to redo it?
- How long is your warranty? What does it cover and how is it funded?
Learn about the crew
- Who will be doing the actual work [e.g., employees or subcontractors]? Is this an individual or team project?
- How do you hire your crew?
- Do you perform background checks?
- Who will be managing the job site?
- If I have concerns, who will address them?
Be upfront about money
- Who is responsible for providing, handling and servicing supplies/equipment?
- Will I get a written quote?
- Do you require an advance deposit?
- How much preparatory work is included in the estimate?
Know their qualifications
- Are you licensed, bonded and insured?
- Are you a member of any professional organizations?
- How many times have you done this specific project before?
- Do you provide references?
- Do you have a portfolio of past work?