Whether you’re having iron gates added to your home or having the entire yard renovated with new decorative concrete and landscaping, you always want to ensure that you are on the same page as your contractor. This can make the process of communicating easy, even when there are changes to the original work order. You can stay on the same page as your contractor by asking them these important questions before renovating your yard.
Are You Licensed, Bonded, and Insured?
This is the first question that you should be asking anyone who will be renovating your yard.
When a company that you hire is licensed, bonded, and insured you know they are the real deal because they have taken the necessary steps towards showing they are legitimate businesses. Many contractors and handymen who may offer to install an iron gate or lay a concrete deck at a discounted rate can leave you on the hook for any damages or injuries they cause on your property.
On the other hand, a legitimate company will be backed up by their insurance company if anything were to go wrong. You do not want to be stuck with the bill if/when an inexperienced contractor makes a costly mistake.
Can I See Some of Your Previous Work?
If you want to get an idea of what a contractor is capable of, ask to see their portfolio or examples of previous jobs they have completed. This will give you an idea of the quality of the work as well as provide you with some inspiration for the job you are hiring them for! In some cases, a contractor may have a certain style or technique they excel at which can be what seals or breaks the deal.
What Is Your Timeline for Completing the Work?
When you are hiring a company for renovating your yard, you want to be sure that you both have a timeline that is clearly stated and agreed upon. Having this in writing will ensure that the project is completed on time without any unnecessary delays. When working with a less-than-legitimate home renovation contractor without a clearly defined timeline, you can end up chasing them for weeks on end before the completion of the project.