Checking a contractor’s references is an important part of the vetting process. At the very least, a contractor should provide you with three references from their last few projects. Here are the questions every homeowner should ask them.
Did They Check the Contractor’s Credentials?
Of course, homeowners should make sure contractors have the necessary qualifications before adding them to their shortlist. However, it wouldn’t hurt to double-check. We suggest asking them if your contractor had any of the following requirements:
Liability and workman’s insurance
A contractor license bond
For What Kind of Project Did They Hire the Contractor?
Keep in mind that the aforementioned requirements are just the bare minimum. The kind of projects a contractor previously worked on can gauge their level of expertise and whether it’s sufficient for your project. Another way to gauge the expertise of a roofer, or any other contractor for that matter, is to check their certifications.
Did the Project’s Costs Exceed Their Budget?
There will always be unforeseen costs. The estimates given by contractors, after all, are just based on their experience. As a rule of thumb, estimates tend to be 10% to 15% higher or lower than a project’s actual costs. If the unexpected costs exceed that range, you might want to think twice before hiring that contractor.
Were They Satisfied With the Contractor’s Work?
Still, you can’t solely focus on the contractor’s qualifications. Ask the references about their experience, including whether the contractor showed a high level of professionalism.
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