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35 Questions You Need to Ask Before Hiring a Contractor

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Building or remodeling a house is a huge financial, physical and emotional investment. You need to plan ahead before starting to meet your expectations. One important part of planning is choosing the right contractor for the project.

To make sure you’re choosing the right one, here are 35 questions you need to ask the contractor before hiring.

  1. Are you a licensed contractor?
  2. Can I see your license?
  3. Are you insured?
  4. Can I ask for your contact information?
  5. What medium do you prefer to communicate with me?
  6. If I have concern with how things are going, how will I reach you?
  7. Do you have the necessary documents we will need?
  8. Are you going to work on the documents on yourself or do you want me to get involved with it?
  9. Can I have copies as well with the documents?
  10. Are you part of any professional organization? If yes, which one? If not, why?
  11. How long have you been working as a contractor?
  12. Do you have any references I can contact?
  13. What were your references comments about your work?
  14. How many projects have you finished?
  15. Can I see at least one or more photos of the projects you’ve finished?
  16. Aside from this project I am going to give you, are working on other projects as well?
  17. When can you start working?
  18. Can you give me a proposal and a timeline for the project I will give you?
  19. How often does it take for you and your people to finish one project?
  20. What assurance can you give me that this will be finished on time? If the project is delayed, what should we do about it?
  21. Was there ever a time when an accident occurred while your people are working? If yes, how did you manage it? If not, how did you maintain the safety of your people?
  22. Will you always be on site? If yes, what time do you usually come and go? If no, how often do you visit the site and check the progress then?
  23. Can you provide me a daily update?
  24. If you are not around, who will be in charge? Can I ask for his background as well?
  25. If you are not around and there are things I want to resolve, who will I approach?
  26. What is the day by day work schedule?
  27. How many people will be working on site?
  28. Can you estimate how much will the project cost?
  29. Can you itemize your bid?
  30. How much is the down payment?
  31. When is the schedule for payment?
  32. How do you want me to pay?
  33. Where do you mostly get your supply?
  34. Do your people clean up the site every end of the day?
  35. Can we put everything that we’ve agreed into writing?

Selecting a contractor is not easy as picking colors for your wall. It needs attention and wise decision making. Contractor will either build or break your dream house. When in Phuket and building your dream property, don’t hesitate to contact Sotech and we will definitely help answer all your questions.

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