What to look for when hiring a contractor to do work at your home – part two
Do You Know Who You’re Hiring? – Part 2
If you did your homework, now you know if your prospective contractor is licensed and insured. So they have passed the first test! Now, it is up to you to decide if they are the right contractor for you. No can make this decision but yourself, however, here are some questions you can ask to see how they suit your preferences. Think of it like a first date, you really need to size up your contractor and find out if they are the right fit for you.
- What is their communication style? Will they notify you before they come to your home, provide you with a work schedule and progress updates? Will it be your responsibility to schedule appointments? Who will be your point of contact? How frequently do they invoice? What payment methods are accepted? How will they ensure you that your job is being done or has been done to your standard? Does everyone in their crew speak and understand English? Do they ask you about your communication preferences? The more you know about what is taking place at your home the more control you have of the project.
- Assess their professionalism. Do their crews wear matching uniforms? Do the employees drive clearly marked, clean, and organized company vehicles? Are proposals given on company letterhead? You can tell a lot about an organization by the amount of effort they put into the details.
- Learn about their employees, especially those who will be working at your home. Do they have any special certifications that may make them more valuable to you? How long have they been working in the industry? A well trained/educated employee who is passionate about what they do will take pride in their work which, more often than not, results in a job well done!
Do internet searches for company reviews. Ask about any specific concerns you may have. Most importantly trust your instincts.
A well informed customer is a happy customer. If you are looking to hire a contractor to help with your landscape design, installation, maintenance, and service call us at Sonoran Gardens at 520-579-9411. Find out how we satisfy your hiring questions. I think we can be the right fit for you!