Tips on Hiring Specialists & Contractors
One of the most important things to consider
when you hire a specialist is to make sure the person or company is available
when you need them and that you have a comfortable communication channel. You
will be spending quite some time with your contractor during the course of the
work at your premises; thus it is important to hire someone whose wavelengths
match with yours.
The first thing you should do when hiring a specialist is to look at references and feedback from other people who have used their services. Ensure that the feedback is relevant to the type of work you are planning to carry out. You may sometimes be tempted to hire a new specialist who may not have feedback. This of course does not mean that they are any less capable. You should probably carry out other checks on them; for example what their qualifications are and how vast their knowledge is on the subject of your renovations.
If you are carrying out a particularly large job, it would be a good idea to have a look at your contractor’s previous work. If possible, speak to some of their previous customers about their conduct, service and workmanship.
We always recommend that you get a comparative quote from a few other specialists before you assign a job. Beware of a quote that may jump out at you for being too cheap compared to the others. The last thing you want is to hire a contractor because they were too cheap. They may come back with a shoddy job and it may cost you far more to repair the damage.
Once you have assigned a job, go through the quote once again with your contractor and come up with a detailed contract for the entire job. This contract should have all the details of the job, including materials being used and individual costs. The contract should have all the details of the contractor. It should contain fine print of guarantees. The start and end date should be clearly stated in the contract too.
When a deposit or part payment is made, always insist on an invoice and a receipt. This is very helpful in the event of any money dispute later on.
Discuss with your contractor about all the rules of work. Your property may be unoccupied for weeks. If you want someone to look after it after working hours, talk to your contractor about it. If you are occupying the property while the work is ongoing, talk to your contractor about cleaning up after every working day. These details should be clearly spelt out so you avoid disputes later.
Always communicate with your contractor regularly. Make sure you are informed about all the stages of work going on. Don’t leave disputes till the end when it build-up. If you are not happy with something, talk to your builder immediately and solve the issue. Finally, don’t forget to compliment your contractor when a job is well done. Contractors take great pride in their work, and a small compliment can go a long way.
Once your project is completed, a good contractor will always correct little flaws effectively. They will also fulfill their promises on guarantees.