Top 7 Questions To Ask When Hiring a Contractor

By: Chris Herath

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Hiring Tip #5: Will the Job Be Subcontracted Out?

Some of the most common stories you will hear about contracting jobs going wrong is when they are subcontracted out, and the original contractor did not do their homework.

This is normally done when the contractor has taken on more projects than his crews can accommodate. Be sure it is in your contract that if you have any issues with the work performed, the contractor, not the subcontractor, will be held responsible.

You do not want to have problems deciding who to contact if an issue arises. I have heard multiple stories about a job which was subcontracted and had issues, only to have the original contractor blame it on the subcontractors. The main thing to remember is you want to know who is legally responsible, and have it in writing.

Even though you are not doing the actual work, you are still responsible for any work done on your property. This means making sure the contractor and workers are insured and have obtained all necessary permits. These can include permits from city, state, or even homeowner associations.

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  • Thomas Says:
    October 22nd, 2014 at 8:33 am

    It’s a good list, but it could use more questions.



  • Retta Elliott Says:
    July 20th, 2014 at 6:20 am

    I just luv u men, thanks 4 all tips & tricks. 4 b n a single lady…I enjoy watching & viewing yas web site. Thank ya..enjoy tis weather n the south



  • Terrie@Basalite Says:
    July 7th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    This is a really good start when it comes to asking the right questions of any contractor you’re considering. However, there are more things to consider when hiring a contractor. We recommend asking the contractor for references, for example, and pictures of prior projects. Knowing what their cleanup routine is can also save you a lot of headache. It’s a good idea to write out all of your questions before you sit down with a contractor, so that you don’t forget anything during the evolution of the conversation.


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