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3 Things NOT To Do Before Hiring a Contractor
Your property is among your most valuable assets, so careful budgeting, preparation, and planning are absolutely crucial when embarking on new builds, renovations, or additions. One of the biggest decisions you need to make is choosing a general contractor to take care of your project. You can find plenty of guides to help you pick the right one, but it’s equally important to know what NOT to do before hiring a contractor. Here are three mistakes to avoid:
Mistake #1: Not Doing Your Homework
What kind of project are you doing? Do you need a residential or a commercial general contractor? Some contractors in Toronto are qualified for both types of projects. Be sure to verify a few things, such as their capabilities, experience, and track record of satisfying clients.
Consider a contractor with over 30 years of experience in completing various jobs in Mississauga, from full custom remodels to small renovations. Verify that you are hiring a fully licensed and insured general contractor who can stand behind their work by offering a warranty of at least ten years.
Mistake #2: Choosing the Cheapest Contractor
If a contractor under-bids, you have every right to be suspicious. Watch out because they might charge you for hidden costs later on. Trustworthy and legitimate contractors have liability insurance and business licenses, and they also pay taxes. Contractors who don’t charge enough cannot cover those expenses, so beware.
Another red flag is when a residential or commercial general contractor tells you to pay upfront. Reputable contractors may ask for a reasonable down payment, but they will never ask for the full payment before starting the project. That’s because they have established lines of credit and supplier accounts that allow them to secure all the necessary materials to start the project without charging clients upfront. They will also sit down with you to establish a payment schedule to prevent issues later on.
Mistake#3: Not Drafting A Contract
A legitimate and trustworthy general contractor will always provide a contract detailing everything they will do and the cost of the project. Hire someone else if a prospect insists on a verbal agreement or refuses to put anything in writing.
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