Five Steps Selecting Contractor
Most of Florida contractors are hardworking, honest, skilled and dependable. Before you hire a contractor for new construction or home remodeling work, the Osceola County Building Office recommends the following steps:
- Ask to see the contractor’s license and write down the license number for future reference. All licensed contractors should present you with a business card that should contain the contractor’s license number.
- Get recommendations from friends and neighbors. Use a local, well established contractor. Ask the contractor to give you references. Then call the references, ask questions and take a look at the contractor’s previous work.
- Ask the contractor if the company is insured against claims covering worker’s compensation, property damage and general liability.
- Get all estimates in writing! Estimates should be very specific and should include exactly what services you’ll be getting for the estimated cost. If a bidding process is used, ensure that the estimated costs are based on the same set of specifications. Get a written contract that specifies all work to be done and make sure a completion date is included on the contract.
- Be sure to see the building permit before work starts. The building permit should not be in your name, but rather the name of the contractor. Never obtain the building permit yourself for work being done by a contractor. By doing so, you assume all the risks and it will be difficult to recoup money for inferior work.