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6 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Contractor


Going to build an extension? Or are you looking to remodel your kitchen or bathroom, convert a loft? It is a clever idea to hire residential contractors who are experienced in the field to assist you with your work.

Most home renovations and property repairs are expensive and time-consuming. It is crucial that you have faith in the contractors you hire. There will be many of them, so you want to make sure that they are able to deliver the results you expect. Before you hire a contractor, there are a few things you should ask them.

1. What experience do you have?

Ask your contractor how many years they have been in business, and if they have worked on similar projects as you. You are more likely to get better information from a contractor who has worked on similar projects as yours than someone just starting out. Although this is not always true, it is a clever idea to gather information about the contractor’s experience. This will allow you to see what they have done in the past and whether you like their work.

2. What terminations will this project suspend?

The contractor should be able to give you a rough estimate of the time it will take. They should also include any obstacles that could slow down or prevent the project from being completed on time.

It is a sign that a contractor does not give enough information or a precise timeline. Look for a contractor who is honest about the time it will take to complete the project. If it takes longer than you expected, they should be able to explain why.

3. Do you have insurance?

Construction sites can pose a danger to those living and working nearby as well as anyone who walks by. UK Law requires that contractors have public liability insurance. Contractors who have employees are required to have employer’s liability insurance.

Ask your contractors for their insurance certificates. Do not work with contractors if they are unwilling to show you substantial proof. This could indicate that they do not have the right insurance to protect your home and your family in case of an emergency.

4. Who will be working on the project?

It is nice to know who will be visiting your property each day. But it is also important that you establish a relationship with the project manager and workers so you can voice concerns or make changes.

What training and experience have the workers? Do they have subcontractors? Subcontractors may be hired as a sign that contractors are serious about your project and take it seriously.

You must ensure that you are comfortable with the people working on your project.

5. How do I pay for these services?

It is a sign of a pushy contractor who asks for upfront payments. Contractors who are confident in their work and are certain that the results will meet expectations will not ask for cash payments before work is completed. A contractor may ask for a small deposit, but any amount greater than 10% could be considered a red flag.

It is crucial to ask contractors when and how much they are due. This information should be written down for future reference.

6. What kind of building permits do I need?

Your contractor should be able to tell you if you need building permissions, such as planning permission approval from the building regulations, or compliance with the Party Wall Act.

Ask the council if the contractor has obtained permissions and if they will bill you for this service.

Final thoughts

It can be difficult to find a reliable local contractor, especially if you do not trust them. Contact Turnkey Contractors to communicate transparently and co-operatively with a contractor that you can trust for your next project.