How to Choose a Good Contractor

What is a Good Contractor?

When looking for someone to work on your project, it is a daunting task to find the right person for the job.  There are several areas to consider when deciding who to trust.

The best way to find a trusted contractor is to ask your friends and family who they have used or heard of that does a great job.  Even if they give you a great reference you will still need to check several things to make sure the contractor is the right fit for your project.

First, you will need to find someone who is licensed.  A good contractor will be willing to provide you with information about whom they are licensed with and why that is important for your job.

You may have been referred to this contractor through a family or friend reference, but the contractor should also be able to provide some good references on past jobs they have completed.  For you to be confident with your choice in contractors talking to three to five good references will provide the information to make your decision.

Every contractor should guarantee their work.  If they don’t have the experience and confidence in themselves that the project will be done correctly, why should you?  Also, consider the longevity of the business.  A solid well trusted business has been successful for a long period of time.  If they have just started, it will be hard to get references and they may not have much experience.  Finding a company that has lasted ten years or more will normally show them to be trustworthy and reliable.

In any business there are many details and challenges just like construction.  If you want complete certainty that you are hiring the right contractor, make sure they specialize in the area you need help with.  If you need walls built for instance, hiring a landscaper might not be your best option.  Having a well trained, licensed, and experienced company for your septic needs is a very important decision and hiring a specialist in the area will save you problems in the future.

After you have made the choice to hire a contractor, they need to come on site to look at your project and give you a detailed description of what will need to be accomplished.  With out that onsite, face to face conversation, it is nearly impossible for the contractor to determine the proper course of action to best serve your needs.  For you as the customer you also want to understand exactly what the job will require.  If the company or individual cannot describe in detail what is needed, maybe they are not the right fit for you.

Many contractors will need some payment up front not only to guarantee that you are serious about hiring them, but also to purchase some supplies for your specific project.  However, it is in your best interested to give them the final payment after the completion of work.  Not only will it help guarantee the job is done right, but that they will also complete the work you hired them to do.

Some low cost options may tell you that getting a permit or having inspections is not necessary.  Please do not be fooled.  It is a serious issue to create projects without going through the proper channels.  A good contractor will insist on not only getting permits and having inspections done, but will also help make sure it is done for you.

While deciding on the most cost effective method for your specific job also keep in mind the cost of the material is not the only deciding factor.  The contractor you hire should be concerned that good quality material is used and will be appropriate for you as well as meeting your budget needs.

Finding the right contractor for you and your family means not only that they are good at their job, well trusted by others, but also that they will treat your home and property with respect just like it was their own.  They will welcome any  questions you may have and will finish as closely as possible to the time frame they gave you in the initial interview.  Courtesy, respect, punctuality and the ability to communicate are some of the most important attributes a contractor can have next to their basic competency.

To help you make the right decision to hire a good heavy equipment contractor, feel free to contact us with your concerns so we can help you install your new project or repair a problem.

We believe it’s important to do the best job possible.  Our job estimates are free and the work is guaranteed.