Hiring the right contractor to care for your homes can feel like a daunting task. Your home is a considerable investment, and there are a ton of people out there who simply do not do what they say they will.
A great contractor will bring experience, skill, and professionalism to your project, ensuring it is completed on time, on budget, and to your satisfaction. On the other hand, hiring the wrong contractor can lead to subpar work, project delays, and even legal troubles.
This is why doing your due diligence is essential. Here are some top tips to help you ensure you’re hiring the best contractor for your needs:
1. Check for good standing with the Construction Industry Board (CIB)
Those who work in Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical, Roofing, Building and Construction Inspectors, and Home Inspectors are required to be in good standing with the CIB to work in the state of Oklahoma.
While these professionals are not licensed by the state, they do have to be registered. CIB does have the power to regulate the qualifications and responsibilities of the licensed or registered worker performing the work and enforce the statewide adopted building codes for plumbing, electrical, and mechanical work.
Visit https://cib.ok.gov/are-they-licensed to search for your contractor.
2. Verify insurance and licensing
A reputable contractor will have all the necessary licenses and insurance to protect both their business and their clients. This includes liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance.
Liability insurance protects your property in case of damage during the project, while workers’ compensation insurance protects you from being held liable if a worker is injured on your property. Make sure to ask for proof of insurance and check that it is up to date.
3. Do your research
In addition to checking with the CIB, take the time to look up potential contractors on review sites like Google and the Better Business Bureau (BBB). This can provide valuable insights into their reputation and the quality of their work. Look for contractors with a strong track record of positive reviews and note any recurring complaints or issues mentioned by previous clients.
4. Get everything in writing
Before work begins, make sure to get a detailed written contract that outlines the scope of work, materials to be used, timeframe for completion, cost, and payment schedule. This not only provides clarity for both parties but also serves as a legal document in case any disputes arise during the project.
5. Don’t rush your decision
Finally, take your time in making your decision. Don’t be pressured into hiring the first contractor you talk to or swayed by too-good-to-be-true deals. Get multiple bids, ask questions, and ensure you feel comfortable and confident in your choice.
Hiring a contractor is a big decision, and it should be made with care and due diligence. By following these tips, you can ensure you’re making an informed choice and hiring a contractor who will deliver quality work and peace of mind. Remember, a little research now can save a lot of time, money, and stress down the line.
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