Before you hire a General Contractor in Utah County, you need to check these three things before signing on the dotted line.
1. License and Insurance
The economy is booming in Utah County. With that comes individuals that think an easy buck is to be made. Now, we have no problem with newcomers to the industry, we were there once. However, you as the consumer need to know how to protect yourself from those that are here today and gone tomorrow.
Let’s talk about licensing and insurance first. Never hire a General Contractor without validating that they have the correct licenses for your project and insurance. Specifically liability and workers compensation.
If you hire a contractor without insurance and they or their crew member get injured, you the homeowner is liable. You could end up paying thousands of dollars out of your pocket in medical treatment. Don’t just ask if they are licensed and insured, ask for proof. A licensed General Contractor in Utah is required to carry his contractor license with him at all times. However, don’t stop there, go online at http://dopl.utah.gov/ to confirm it is still active.
Your General Contractor should also be able to show you a certificate of insurance. On this certificate it will have the name of the agent so you can make a quick call to confirm that the policy is still active.
Now with the insurance and licensing behind you, you are ready to check on the contractor references. Don’t just look at the list and say cool, actually call and ask questions about how the construction project went. Ask open ended questions that will provide you with more than a yes or no answer. How was the quality of their workmanship? How did the crew treat you and your home? How did they handle any concerns or complaints that you had? Any other question that you want to know about.
Now comes the time (if you haven’t already) to look at the portfolio. Any contractor worth hiring should be proud of the work that they have done in the past. They should have pictures or video of past projects. The main reason you want to look at the portfolio is to make sure they have done previous projects similar to yours. If you are having a home addition which includes a kitchen and all they have ever done is build a fence you may want to ask them a few more questions to make sure they are qualified for your job.
When you see projects similar to yours ask questions. Learn what challenges they had on the project. How were those challenges handled. Again ask open ended questions that give you more information than a yes or no answer.
Remember, this is your home and your money. You need to do your due diligence before hiring your Utah General Contractor for your construction project. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call. Scott Cleverley 801-787-3686. Also please visit our website at www.WSCSpecialtyContractors.com