Check to see if your contractor has the required licences. Anyone may claim to be a licenced professional. Let the contractor show you the licence or give you a copy of it to prove it. Check the expiration date and, if it’s a countywide licence, the county. It is mandatory to obtain a licence.Check to see if the employer is covered by general liability insurance. This form of policy covers the property in the event that the contractor and/or his staff cause harm to it. The cost of fixing and/or repairing any damage would be covered by the insurance provider. Checkout Puyallup contractor.
At the end of the work, the contractor can provide you with a written lien waiver. This is a legal agreement that states that you, the landlord, have fully compensated the contractor for the services provided and that the contractor has waived his right to put a mechanic’s lien on your house. If you receive any Notice to Owner documents from material suppliers or subcontractors during the construction process, it’s a good idea to ask the contractor for a Final Release of Lien from each one before paying the contractor his final draw. This protects you in the event that the contractor fails to pay his supply suppliers or subcontractors after you have fully paid him.
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) are two trade associations. It’s always a smart idea to hire a contractor who is a member of the NARI or NAHB. Both organisations, in most instances, only recruit diligent contractors who want to improve the business and weed out unprofessional contractors. The contractor’s history and references are extensively investigated before he or she is accepted as a member.
A reputable contractor will gladly provide references. Look for a reputable contractor that can provide you with many client references from the previous six months to a year. Request the contractor’s accountant or banker’s name. You’ll want to make sure the contractor is solvent and won’t go bankrupt in the middle of your project.