Tips For Hiring A Contractor

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Before contacting a contractor for your asbestos removal, it is a good idea to figure out exactly how the hiring process works and what you should look for among candidates. It’s also important to ask the key questions and be specific about your needs. At New York Asbestos Removal, we’ve got some tips to help you find the right professional for your job.

 

Ask these key questions.

Getting satisfactory answers to these questions will help you narrow down your search:

  • How long have you had your business? You want to hire a company that is well established. You should also check out any company you are considering with consumer protection services in your area. You can find out if there are any consumer complaints that haven’t been resolved.

  • Are you registered and licensed in this state? Most states require that contractors be licensed, but licensing and/or registration are only required of contractors, specialty contractors, and remodeling agencies in 36 states. You can find out whether your state has licensing statutes by checking with your state consumer protection agency or your local building department. If your state does require contractors to be licensed, ask your contractor to show his/hers to you and check the date to make sure it’s not expired. All credentials must be active during the period your work is being done—check after you’ve hired your pro as well. Don’t just accept a license or registration number—that doesn’t tell you that it’s active.

  • Can you please give me a list of references? The contractor should be able to provide the names and contact information (addresses and phone numbers) of at least three people who hired him/her for a project like yours. Ask when each project was finished and ask if you would be able to go see it. Also ask to see jobs that are currently ongoing.

  • What types of insurance do you have? The contractor should carry property damage insurance, personal liability insurance and worker’s compensation. Ask the contractor to give you a copy of his/her insurance certificates. Check the date on them to make sure they are not expired. Do not hire contractors who don’t have all of the insurance listed above or you could be liable for any damages or injuries that happen during the work on your project.

  • Will you give me a written estimate? Be sure to get estimates from more than one contractor—three is ideal. If the bids are widely different from each other, get more bids. The lowest bidding contractor is not necessarily the best one for your job, so don’t choose your contractor solely based on the lowest bid. Do not decide on a contractor merely because he/she bid the lowest. Taking bids on your project won’t necessarily get you the best contractor, but it could give you a ballpark number for what your project may cost.

 

Do a “gut check.”

In addition to the tangible information you gather, consider these intangibles after meeting with each prospective contractor:

  • Think about whether you feel you will be able to communicate openly with the contractors you are considering hiring.

  • Think about whether you feel he/she will take the time to listen to what you have to say and really find out what you want.

  • Find out how many other jobs he/she is currently working on and then decide if you think he/she will be able to start and complete your job on your timetable.

At New York Asbestos Removal we are more than happy to answer all of your questions prior to starting asbestos abatement, asbestos removal or remediation. Contact us today to get started!

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