It’s not difficult to feel overwhelmed by our latest home-improvement project. Either we’ve spent way more time than what we would like to complete the project or we find out the hard way that are home-improvement skills with much to be desired. Maybe it’s best to hire a plumbing contractor to get your home-improvement project done and done well. Here’s how to go about finding the right contractor for your project.
Before getting started on the project, get a written – and signed – agreement from the plumbing contractor that details the time frame and project requirements. Once the contractor has begun work, drop in on the work site from time to time so you can see that the contractor is faithfully following the agreement.
Enquire from a roofer whether shingles should be replaced or simply covered. Waterproofing has been termed to be not very effective as it increases the likelihood of damage to the new shingles. Therefore, recovering shingles is not a very cheap undertaking as most people take it to be and it is better to indulge in changing the shingles at a go.
Always review your contract when the plumbing contractor asks for a payment. Ensure that the project is at the state agreed upon before you shell out money to move forward. The contract should have each purpose for the money spent for the project so nothing can come as a shock later down the road.
There is no compromise when a plumbing contractor fails to give you references on where he has worked before. Failing to provide his list can only imply that he did a shoddy work and there is a very high chance that he will repeat the same on your project. Do not hire a contractor who fails to provide his list of references.
The hard question you should ask the references is whether they could hire the same plumbing contractor again in future. The question is of great essence as there are chances that out of some reasons, though the job was well done, the client can not rehire the same contractor. This should be a warning of the unsuitability of this contractor in your project.
If you find, at the beginning of your project, that you are encountering a lot of topics on which you don’t have the knowledge you want, you can remedy that by asking pointed, pertinent questions of potential plumbing contractors during the interview process. As you conduct more interviews, you’ll find that your knowledge will grow, and your questions will improve as a result.
Looking at recent work of a plumbing contractor is much better than looking at their old work, but you should find any old work or reviews if available. This will give you an idea of how the contractor has improved or changed over time.
You shouldn’t pay for an estimate – a plumbing contractor should provide that to you as a service if you’re considering retaining them. When you receive your estimate, ask specific questions, such as what percentage of market fluctuation they’re willing to absorb if the price of materials increases.
Author: Bart GibsonThis author has published 10 articles so far.