Hiring a contractor can be difficult, especially when dealing with the emotional and financial stress incurred by building and landscape projects. A contractor can make — or break — your project, so finding the right contractor for your job is important to say the least.
To make sure you’re getting the best out of your contractor, here are a few questions to ask:
1. Would You Please Itemize Your Bid?
Contractors will often provide a single, bottom-line price for your project, leaving you in the dark about what they’re charging for each aspect of the job. With an itemized bid, you're clearly shown the costs for all of the various elements of the job. An itemized bid will also prove as valuable documentation regarding the scope of your project, eliminating the possibility of disputes later.
2. Is Your Bid an Estimate or a Fixed Price?
Some contractors will consider their bid an estimate rather than a fixed-price. Ask for clarification to prevent unexpected project cost increases.
3. How long have you been doing business in this area?
A contractor who has an established network of local suppliers and subcontractors is generally a safer bet than someone new to the business. A reference or two can provide peace of mind, and help you verify their reputation.
At Vision Contracting & Supply, we offer full scale construction and exterior management services to accommodate commercial clients throughout Southern Maine. Contact us today for a free quote and consultation.