Only hire contractors who are licensed and insured
Renovating your house can be a very exciting project however disaster can occur if you are not careful while choosing your contractor. Making wrong choices can turn an inside or exterior renovation into a nightmare. To help you avoid getting involved into any such scenario here are some useful tips which you should always keep in mind.
Finding a credible and experienced contractor should be your first priority when planning a home renovation or building project. Along with experience, the contractor should be licensed as well. Every contractor is required to pass certain tests and have good knowledge about building practices and codes, in order to get the license which allows him to offer his services in a particular field of construction. Having a license ensures that the contractor is competent and can be trusted to carry out your renovation or building project. However, you should not take anybody’s word for it. Ask to see the license yourself or you may even ask for a copy. To be sure you can also call the associated authorities to verify the standing of the license.
You must also make sure that the contractor is insured. If you experience faulty workmanship or damage in the case where your contractor is not insured, then you will likely end up having to pay for any accident occurs at the work site. The expenses can range from a few hundred to many thousands of dollars, depending on the severity of the situation. An oversight here can therefore not only lead to you having to endure damage to the property but can result in major financial loss as well, not to mention the stress you will have to go through in dealing with it all.
Even if a tradesman has been recommended to you by somebody else after having completed flawless work, it is still risky. If you come across a contractor who does not have a license or insurance, it is better to consider other options rather than taking the risk to hire them. Make sure that the contractor you hire is licensed, insured and has good experience to carry out your home building or renovation project efficiently and without overstepping the budget or time lines.