When you need a demolition project taken care of you may find yourself lost at how to find the right contractor. Demolitions can be stressful, and hiring the wrong person for the job can make the process a nightmare, which is why we’ve put together this simple guide.
Have A Plan
Depending on the scope of your project the steps of how the demolition will progress will be very different. If you are just demolishing something, your plan may be short. If you are also renovating, you may find that the process will change. Next, consider the type of project; house demolition, interior demolition, concrete removal, and pool removal all have very different steps and will require you to do more planning.
Get Multiple Estimates
Once you have your full plan, it’s time to start rounding up estimates. In general, you want to have two or three estimates so that you can choose the best option for your needs. As you consider the options, make sure to check reviews and ask for samples of the company’s work.
Verify The Contractor’s Licensing
While not all states require contractors to have licensing, knowing what your state needs is critical. All states mandate some form of identification for contractors, so this information should be readily available. You may also ask if the company has any additional certifications, awards or are part of any trade organizations to help verify their credibility.
Have A Written Contract
Having a complete written contract that is clear, to the point, and fully understood by both parties is essential. This contract should include an itemized list of what will be done, what materials and equipment will be used, a payment schedule, and a straightforward and realistic time table. This will help protect you and the contractor.
Keep An Eye On The Job
As the projects gets underway visit often to ensure that everything is going according to plan and that no shortcuts are being made. Additionally, always check that the correct permits are being displayed until the work is complete.
Make Payments Along The Way
As you begin the process start a payment schedule to help both you and your construction team. By paying on a schedule as progress is made you’ll ensure that your demolition team stays committed and is funded while saving yourself from a sizeable final bill. That said, never pay for work that hasn’t been completed yet, and when possible avoid paying in cash.
Keep Track Of Everything
Finally, keep track of all documents and papers related to your project. You will also want to have printed, and dated photos of the site before during and after the work has been done. Additionally keep track of invoices and payments, the original contract and any changes that might be made, and any emails or written correspondence between you and the contractor.
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