How to Vet Your Construction Contractors
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Vetting a construction contractor takes some time on the front end of any new project, but it is one of the best steps to take in order to preserve the integrity of the property being worked on. Ensuring a construction contractor has sufficient work history, a valid license, and is bonded and insured goes a long way in the process.
Check Their License
In most states, individuals working in the construction industry must hold a license to work on residential or commercial projects. The
Ask About Insurance and Bonding
Part of the licensing process is obtaining a
Gather Customer References
A construction contractor should be able to provide some past customers as references before starting a new project. Potential customers can reach out to those references to inquire about their experience with the construction pro, such as timeliness, professionalism, and quality of the work performed. If a contractor does not offer up references when asked, it may mean he or she has not had many successful jobs in the past. Be sure to consider this when hiring a contractor.
Do Your Homework Online
The Internet provides a vast amount of information about construction contractors through several different online review sites. Doing a quick online search of the contractor’s name or business will likely generate some results linking back to past customer reviews. Sites like
Verify Business Details
Finally, vetting a contractor goes beyond asking for references, checking online sources, and securing bonding and insurance details. You will also want to inquire about the structure of the contractor’s business, even if he or she is a sole proprietor. Ask about business details, such as an address, a website, or a phone number. These may seem like small details, but contractor’s without this information may be less reliable than those who have them with the construction pro, such as timeliness, professionalism, and quality of the work performed, like
Vetting a construction contractor is an important aspect of any residential or commercial project. Take the time to go through the steps mentioned above to ensure the contractor you select for the job is ready to complete the work as promised.
Eric Weisbrot is the Chief Marketing Officer of JW Surety Bonds. With years of experience in the surety industry under several different roles within the company, he is also a contributing author to the surety bond blog.