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5 Questions To Ask Before Hiring Contractors

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So, you need to hire a contractor. There are plenty of reasons you may need one, and it can be for personal or business requirements. Many people hire contractors to help with home improvements, but business owners are known to bring them on-board when working on projects – or for office improvements. 

Either way, you need to hire the best contractors for the job. The chances are they’ll be undergoing important work – and it’ll probably be expensive too. The last thing you want is a shoddy job, meaning you pay more money for some other company to come in and fix things. With that in mind, make sure you ask these questions before hiring your contractors: 

Have you completed a project like this before?

Regardless of the project, you need a contractor with the right experience. Sure, they may boast decades in the industry, but have they ever worked on the same project before? Ask them for any examples of work that relates to your specific project. This lets you know if they have the relevant skills and experience to handle the task at hand. 

What safety procedures do you have in place?

Safety is a critical concern, so you want to understand what the contractors do to keep things safe. Make them explain their safety procedures to see how they take care of things. If they can’t provide a detailed explanation, then you should be a bit worried.

Are you fully licensed?

Ask about all the licenses the company has. This includes a general license that allows them to carry out contracting work. Furthermore, you should ask about individual licenses that their team members have. When it comes to something like operating an excavator, there’s a specific license needed to do this. The same goes for other equipment or machinery on a construction site; the individuals operating them need the right licenses. You can’t employ contractors that don’t have these licenses as it’s a massive risk – and the quality of work can’t be guaranteed. 

How long will it take you to complete the project?

Obviously, you want an idea of how long it will take for the project to be completed. So, ask the contractors for an estimation. Listen to how they describe the estimate, pay attention to all the details they talk about. Ideally, this is a chance to see that the contractors know what they’re talking about and have a clear plan to follow. Plus, you want to hire someone who won’t take way too long to get the job done. 

How do you accept payments?

Finally, ask about the payment. Do they offer various ways of paying for the service? Hopefully, they let you pay via a secure bank transfer. This keeps everything above board! Also, they should only accept the full payment once the job is completed to your satisfaction. If they ask for all the money upfront, then that’s a red flag for you. 

Ask all of these questions if you want to separate the best from the rest. Take your time, weigh up all the different options, then hire a contractor that you believe is the best around. This leads to a better service and excellent value for money.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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