What to look for when hiring a contractor to do work at your home
Do You Know Who You’re Hiring? – Part 1
Many of our maintenance and service customers come to us after a bad experience with a different contractor. Before you sign a contract (and always make sure you sign a contract) it is important to find out who are you hiring. As a customer it is your responsibility to ask questions and,as a contractor, it is our responsibility to provide accurate answers and perform the work as such. In each of my next two blogs I will be providing you with some questions to keep on hand when hiring a new contractor. By asking these important questions you can help mitigate some of the common issues that arise when hiring a contractor.
Do they have Workers Compensation Insurance for their employees? Ask for a copy of their workers compensation insurance certificate. If they don’t have workers compensation insurance you may be liable for medical expenses and lost compensation if one of their employees is injured while working on your property.
- Do they have Liability Insurance? Ask for a copy of their liability insurance certificate. If they don’t have liability insurance you may have little recourse in the event of injury or damage and that $1,000,000 is generally considered to be minimum coverage.
- Are they Licensed? Ask for their ROC (Registrar of Contractors) number. You can look them up online at: http://www.azroc.gov/forms/contractorsearch.html. From here you can determine the status of their license.You have no/extremely limited legal recourse against an unlicensed contractor.
Know who you are letting into your home. Once they are able to satisfy the legal requirements to perform your work, you need to make sure will perform the work to your satisfaction. My next blog will give you a list of questions to determine if they are the right contractor for you.
Sonoran Gardens Landscape is a fully licensed and bonded landscape contractor. For more information on our services please call us at 520-579-9411 or contact us by email.