Don’t expect the work to go perfectly. Problems can arise. What is important to understand is how contractors handle problems.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) July 12, 2012
When remodeling a kitchen or bath in San Diego or anywhere, there is a lot that can go wrong. That is why homeowners want to be sure they hire a general contractor who is experienced and reliable. Duane Wilson, owner of Cornerstone Design & Remodel (a San Diego-based Kitchen Remodeling Company), offers 7 tips to ensure homeowners choose a good contractor.
1) Be sure the contractor is licensed. It is required by law and easy to do. Homeowners can visit http://cslb.ca.gov and click on the Instant License Check on the left-hand side.
2) Confirm that the contractor has valid liability and workman’s comp insurance. If a general contractor does not have valid insurance, the homeowner is liable for any damage and injuries on the job. This includes paying lost wages, if someone gets hurt and cannot work for a period of time.
3) Get references and contact them. In addition to calling any references on a contractor’s reference list, homeowners should ask for additional clients for whom the contractor has done work in the past 12 months and are not on the list. This ensures that the contractor has more than just a few happy customers.
4) Find out how the contractor handles problems. Don’t expect the work to go perfectly. Problems can arise. What is important to understand is how contractors handle problems. Who pays any additional costs? What is their attitude when a problem arises? These are great questions to ask their references.
5) Ask for clear start and finish dates. While things can take longer than expected, an experienced contractor should be able to give an accurate estimate. Homeowners can check with references to see if the contractor met expected finish dates.
6) Ask about known shutdown dates. A general contractor may need to shut down on a current job to take care of backordered materials from a previous job. How many are expected? Homeowners can ask references how the contractor handled any shutdowns for them.
7) Check with vendors and suppliers. Homeowners can learn a lot about a contractor by how the contractor treats vendors and suppliers. Is there a mutual respect? Does the contractor pay on time? The homeowner can be liable for materials used on a project if the general contractor does not pay the supplier. So, it is important to be sure the contractor pays vendors and suppliers in a timely manner.
About Cornerstone Design & Remodel
A San Diego Kitchen & Bath Remodeling company, Cornerstone helps customers bring their dream kitchens and baths to fruition. And, they do it with the utmost respect for their customers’ needs. Customer after customer has found Cornerstone's employees to be courteous, friendly, and respectful every day.