Check for proper licensing. Always check with the appropriate authorities to make sure the contractor you hire has a valid business license. If you knowingly hire an unlicensed concrete finisher, you may face fines and penalties from the city, and jeopardize your homeowner’s insurance coverage.
Check for insurance. While you may not be legally obligated to hire a contractor who has insurance, it’s always in your best interest if you do. If an uninsured contractor injures someone or causes damage to a neighbor’s property, you may be held liable. Even if you have your own insurance coverage, it may not be enough to cover damages, lawsuits and other expenses that can result from the contractor’s negligence.
Ask about subcontractors. If you are having specialty work done such as digging or foundation breaking, find out if the contractor will hire a subcontractor to help. If so, get the names of the subcontractors and check them out to make sure they are qualified to do the job.
Do an Internet search. Before you make a final decision, search the Internet to see if the contractor has any complaints against him. While it’s not realistic to expect a business to have a perfect track record, you should run the other way if there are several people complaining about the same contractor.
In addition to the above steps, opt for a concrete contractor with experience. While it’s admirable to give a new person a chance, hiring someone with proven experience is always the best option.
If you want a concrete finisher who puts quality and customer service first, contact B.J. Stewart Concrete today!