Say the word “construction” and most people cringe. Whether it is new construction or home upgrades, most people will avoid it for years, letting needed repairs grow worse and worse. Being prepared beforehand, however, can alleviate some of the stress associated with hiring a reliable construction company. Here are 5 questions you can ask potential construction companies prior to making your decision.
1. Are they licensed in the state where the work will occur?
Every state requires construction companies doing business within their purview to obtain a license to conduct business. These licenses require skilled workers with individual licenses to be employed by the construction companies. By making sure that the construction company you are considering is licensed, you can eliminate one of the worries of working with a company that will do a poor job. Ask to see a copy of the license before signing a contract.
2. Do they have testimonials?
Another good indicator regarding a reputable construction company is whether or not they can provide testimonials. With all the advances in social media, testimonials are as easy to find as the click of the button. Research the construction company you are considering and ask them if you can contact the last customer they worked for.
3. Are there any lawsuits pending against them?
We live in a litigious society, and construction companies have their fair share of frivolous lawsuits. A construction company with many lawsuits pending, however, should be a warning sign that their work is often contested. Ask the construction company you are considering what lawsuits they have pending and what they are regarding. You don’t want to become another unsatisfied customer waiting your turn in the courtroom.
4. What concessions can be made if the job is not completed on time?
In construction, timelines are very important. There are several things that can cause a construction project to go over the timeline promised. Some may occur because you, the customer, want to make changes to the original contract. Others may occur because of unforeseen problems. If, however, a timeline is missed because the construction company has failed to provide what was promised, it is not unreasonable to ask for a concession such as a discount for services.
5. Is the construction company familiar with the permitting process for the job being requisitioned?
Most construction jobs will require permitting. If the construction company you are considering is not familiar with the permits that will be necessary to complete the project you’re requesting, it can create serious delays. Ask the construction company you are considering to explain the permits required for the job and how they will obtain them. Researching this ahead of time so you know if they are correct will give you a good idea of their knowledge of the work.
An informed consumer is more likely to get the job done right the first time. Work with a reliable and professional construction company at Leonard Albanese.