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Clientele Foresight: 8 Questions You Should Ask A Contractor Before Hiring Them For New Or Remodeling Projects

When it comes to planning a commercial project or budgeting for a residential remodel, we at Voshall Construction have helped you cover some of the bases on avoiding remodeling and construction mistakes. But sometimes, you need a bit more vigilance when deciding to hire the right kind of contractor for the job.

Contractors come in all shapes, sizes, and specialties. Sometimes clients know what they are looking for, but hiring a contractor is more of an art than a science. Contractors tend to be masters at what they do, just as artists tend to be very confident at what they create. But the common ground is avoiding a scam or a poorly done job.

Here are some solid areas for questioning when you are scanning for contractors as capable as Voshall’s.

  1. Licensed? Certified? Credit? – Ask a general contractor for a copy of their construction license and verify it through the accreditation board, the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) in California. The contractor should be familiar with the latest building codes in your state and be active supervisors hauling years of experience and legitimate equipment, including operating safety certifications. The most important thing is to ask them for their bank credit history as it helps gauge their capacity to perform.
  2. A Localized Portfolio? – Ask the contractor how many building permits they have successfully attained, their client feedbacks, their familiarity with your location. Check for diversity in their design portfolio to know you have a wide range of options to choose from. 
  3. Any 3rd Party Contacting? – Contractors don’t have all the operations in-house, and costs can rack up with outsourced contracts with plumbers, painters, carpenters, electricians, etc. So do ask if and who they will be subcontracting for more accurate cost estimations.
  4. Project Schedule? – You should insist on a well-laid out plan to be provided beforehand, which outlines site-prep duration, estimated time of completion, team progress on average, etc.
  5. Protect Thyself! – Contractor teams can be complex. Do ask about their insurance coverage as it will protect your property from any costly damage inflicted by the contractor. Ask for written warranty coverage as well to proactively save on repair or replacement costs. Always document the construction event with photographs and make personal rounds during work hours. It reflects on how concerned you are for the construction results and keeps the contractor team on their toes.
  6. Clear Comms! – A good contractor establishes regular updates and team contact points for handling hurdles or contingencies, and a good client encourages it. Cellphones and emails are the way to go for day-to-day updates.
  7. Insist on a Lien Waiver! – A lieu is a sort of receipt in the contractor-folks ledger that waives the right of the contractor from taking your remodeled or built property as collateral for damages if conflicts arise. INSIST on having this document as it protects you from potential contractor misconduct!
  8. Unique Projects – Enforce the above pointers with even more stringent measures as these exceptional cases may pertain to the delicate remodeling of historical and culturally valued establishments.

At Voshall Construction, our experience with many satisfied residential and commercial clients in Los Angeles and across California has given us a good idea of what an intelligent client should always be on the lookout for when hiring a contractor for a remodel or a building job.

If you are planning on a remodeling or construction project for residential or commercial needs, do drop by our website for a free estimate or visit our offices at Chatsworth, half an hour drive north-west from downtown LA

We’ll build your dream property from concept to completion!