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How to Hire a Patio Remodeling Contractor

Sometimes, it’s best to hire a pro instead of doing a job yourself. The wrong one, however, can cause delays and even legal problems, or worse, bad results.

Consider the following before you decide on a certain patio remodeling contactor:

Complete Trust

If you just can’t make yourself like a contractor for whatever reason, don’t pick him. Nothing is more crucial to your patio remodeling project than picking the right contractor. And the right contractor is always the contractor you trust 100%, not 98%.

License, Insurance and Bond

A license indicates that the contractor has demonstrated expertise in building codes and processes and passed an exam administered by the state. It also reduces the possibility that a contractor is a scam. But a verbal assurance is not all you need. Get the contractor’s license number and verify it with authorities. And remember to ask for proof of insurance too. No insurance means you will be liable in case somebody gets hurt on your project.

Project-specific Experience

Projects today are usually regulated and code-specific, so find someone who is knowledgeable with all the important details. Ask for a list of client references and view some work samples.

Complete Contract

By “complete contract,” we mean a contract that contains all the materials to be used, their brands and costs, and the dates when the project is estimated to start and end. There is no such thing as a contract with too many details. Truth is, the more details are included, the safer your interests are.

Subcontracting

Many contractors subcontract certain parts of the job, and this isn’t totally a bad thing. Besides, subcontractors are more thorough in their knowledge of their specific expertise. In the end, it’s still about hiring a contractor you trust because he’s not going to get a bad subcontractor on your job.

Workday Rules

You may find a contractor who refuses to work on your project because he doesn’t agree with your parameters. If you want them to begin at 9am and end at 5pm, but the contractor only works a maximum of 6 hours a day, it can take longer to finish your project, thus increasing your total costs.

Your Responsibilities

You may have to remove a fence so their concrete truck can enter your backyard, or you may have to move furniture so they can paint a room’s walls. Contractors may not allow their workers to do these things because they don’t want to be responsible for any damages. Know your part of the deal and do them.

Mechanic’s Lien

Lastly, if your contractor has unpaid balances on the materials used in your project, the supplier can place a lien on your property. That only means that you will be obliged to pay that bill. If a contractor has a lien against him for a previous project, remove him from your list of prospects.

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