A contractor can be a great asset for your wood damage repairs as long as they specialize in wood damage repairs like Best Rate Repair and Termite. Before you hire just anyone, you will want to make sure they are licensed and reputable. Hiring the right contractor for your job can make the difference when it comes to the budget, safety, and stress.
A contractor is a person or company that undertakes a contractor to provide materials or labor to perform a service or do a job. There are several different types of contractors based on their specialty and type of project they can perform. Some good examples would be: a concrete contractor, a roofing contractor, a general contractor, etc. If you are looking for a specific job to be completed, like a new deck built, you would want to hire a general contractor specializing in deck builds like Best Rate Repair and Termite.
When doing research on a specific contractor you will want to check reviews on websites such as, Angie’s List, BBB, or Yelp, just to name a few. You may also want to visit the company’s website, there you will get a feel of the company and the type of work they perform.
One of the most import things about hiring a contractor is making sure they have a valid license for the state in which you live. Most states will require a license to be obtained by a contractor performing work of $500.00 or more. Here in California, you can go to the Department of Consumer Affairs Contractor’s State License Board (https://www2.cslb.ca.gov/OnlineServices/CheckLicenseII/CheckLicense.aspx). There you can look up a contractor’s license to verify information, such as a complaint disclosure, the status of the license, as well as what type of insurance the company may have.
When it comes to hiring a contractor the license they obtain is very important. It can mean the difference between a well versed contractors who knows safety policies as well as current building codes, or a hired handy man who has no more experience than yourself.
When hiring a contractor they not only have an in house crew that is highly skilled for your specific job, but also a team of skilled, licensed subcontractors that they work with on a regular basis. Again don’t be afraid to ask questions. Here at Best Rate we have long working relationship with all of our subcontractors, and have constant communication with them at all times when subcontracted to perform a job for us. We will also assign specific in-house crewmen that specialize in the skills needed for your specific job.
It is a great idea to take the time to collect several different estimates from different companies. Keep in mind it is not always a good idea to let the price dictate which company you contract. If you go with the cheapest estimate there is a strong possibility you will get cheap work; literally! Also, it is a good idea to avoid the estimate that is substantially lower than the others. Often this means that contractor will do things to cut cost and cause more of a headache. You get what you pay for. Don’t be afraid to ask questions; it is okay to ask why certain items are priced higher than a competitor, by doing this you may find that the higher cost is worth the money. This is a great opportunity to get to know the contractor you are looking to hire and to get a feel of how the company operates.
Never except a verbal agreement over a written proposal. Get everything in writing! Also once you receive the estimate, and you feel the verbiage is not clear or you would like more details, call the contractor and work out the details and ask for a revised proposal. Here at Best Rate our estimators will write up a detailed report list all repairs to be completed as well as the cost. Our proposals will be emailed to you within 48 hours from your appointment.
While work is being performed it is possible for additional items to be found that were not visible during the initial estimate. Best Rate calls this a supplemental contract, this contract will be an additional cost to the original proposal. Make sure you keep all estimates together, that way once the job is completed and you are invoiced, you will want to make sure all work was charged accurately.
Keep in mind that communication is the key. The estimator cannot read your mind and vice versa. If communication is not clear you could end up with work completed that you are not satisfied with. Here at Best Rate we strive for customer satisfaction, we want a long lasting relationship with all of our customers. We hope that they feel so confident in the work we have performed that they will refer us to their friends and family.