Contractors are tasked with the critical role of managing a construction project. Construction projects range from routine indoor repairs to modest Anderson asphalt paving and striping contracts to complex infrastructural undertakings like highway or dam constructions. All these projects require specialized knowledge, skills, and equipment to achieve the specified project needs and objectives. Depending on the nature and complexity of your construction project, you might require the skills and experience of a general engineering contractor, a general building contractor, and/or a specialty contractor for various project tasks. Whether you are hiring a general contractor or a specialty contractor for your construction enterprise, there are several things that you should always bear in mind to avoid making bad choices. The following tips will help you to not only choose the best contractor for your project, but also to avoid being scammed by unscrupulous practitioners.
Always Verify The Contractor’s License Number
Building contractors in your region or locality are issued with practicing licenses by the Contractors State License Board (CSLBs) of your home state. The CSLB license is acquired after a rigorous evaluation process that involves the assessment and verification of the contractor’s technical and experiential qualifications and credentials and the evaluation of his ethical and legal standing. The CSLB conducts a thorough academic background check to ensure that the applicant has passed all the required trade and contractor license law exams. It also conducts a criminal background investigation to confirm that the contractor is legally sound and that there are no pending or filed complaints regarding his past industry operations. You can use a contractor’s license number to learn everything you need to know about him.
Always Get A Written Contract
You should always ensure that you have a binding written contract with your builder or contractor. Avoid those contractors who claim that verbal contracts are enough and those who promise to deliver without any written commitment. A written contract provides legal proof of all the contractual obligations between the project owner and the contractor. Also before signing the contract, read it carefully and understand all the specified terms and conditions especially in issues regarding to contract changes and the right to cancel provisions.
Always Adhere To Set Financial Terms
You should start by learning and understanding all the relevant financial guidelines and principles as specific by the law. One of the most important cost-related legal specifications regards project down payments. By law, contractors are not allowed to charge more than 10% of the total project cost as down payment or project deposit. You should also avoid paying a contractor with cash to ensure that all your transactions leave a legally sufficient paper trail in case of any unpleasant surprises. And last but not least, always adhere to the agreed schedule of payments to avoid penalties and other financial issues.
Be Wary Of Advertisements
Contractors are advised by the CSLB to engage in ethical advertising practices to promote integrity and honesty within the building and construction industry. Reliable contractors specify all their practicing and licensing credentials in their advertisements such that the client can verify and confirm their industry standing. Avoid door-to-door solicitations and refuse high pressure sales when sourcing for materials. Invite competitive bids instead and check and verify the licenses and insurance of prospective contractors. Do not fall prey to scare tactics following inspections. Take time to compare the bids of at least three contractors before picking the most favorable among them.