How to find a Contractor that Is Trustworthy
Five Dredge and Marine:
Finding a trustworthy contractor can be an exhausting task on your seawall project. Here are a few suggestions to help.
Once you’ve found a few prospective companies, start your research with an introductory call each, asking a series of preliminary questions about work history, license and more:
- Have you completed a job similar to this before?
- Do you have a list of references I can contact?
- When would you be able to start the job?
In most cases, the responses you get to these three questions will give you a very good idea of which of the contractors you contacted will be the best fit, but the following questions will typically make for a good tie-breaker if you find that you have more than one forerunner:
- How long has your firm been in business?
- What is your permanent business address ?
- Are you licensed to work in my area?
- What year was your business initially licensed?
- How does your company ensure that warranty service complaints are effectively handled?
- Is your company insured against workers’ compensation claims, property damage or personal liability?
Any good contractor will be happy to answer any one of these questions, and most will appreciate dealing with a client that takes such an active interest in finding quality service.
Any contractor that gives you a hard time answering a few questions, on the other hand, is probably not someone you want to trust in your home or with your hard-earned money.
Remember: always consider your instincts. If your gut tells you something doesn’t mesh with the contractor, you’re probably right.