What do I need to know when hiring a contractor in Washington?
We have all heard the heartbreaking stories about a crooked contractor who took the money and ran, or the one about the contractor who pulled a bait and switch on what was promised on a custom home or remodel. Unfortunately, this happens in the construction industry which is why Everett Builders, Inc. came up with a list of 5 things you need to look for when hiring a contractor
Hire a licensed, bonded and insured contractor
- make sure your contractor has the necessary registrations, licenses and insurance to work in the state of Washington. You can verify a contractor's Washington registration at www.protectmyhome.net
. You can look up Everett Builders, Inc. here to see that we have met all the necessary requirement to do work in Washington State. You'll also see that we have zero complaints against our company.
Ask for referrals
- your contractor should be able to provide you with a list of referrals or past clients
. Pictures aren't enough, ask to speak to actual clients. Everett Builders, Inc. is happy to provide you with a list of satisfied, repeat clients. Being in business since 1957 has allowed us to create a long list of happy home owners.
Provide a written contract or exact cost - a written contract or exact cost defines the scope of the project. Though you may trust a contractor's word, getting it in writing is always a good idea. Everett Builders, Inc. always provides comprehensive written contracts before starting a project.
Get the timeline - your idea of ASAP and your contractor's idea of ASAP can be very different. Make sure you have a discussion about timeline and communication before you get started. Everett Builder's, Inc. takes each project in line of sale.
Too good to be true - the old adage of "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is" definitely holds true when it comes to hiring a contractor. If your contractor offers you a special price only if you "sign today" or use other high pressure techniques, maybe it's time to walk away. Your home is one of the biggest investments you'll make in your life; make sure you are happy with your decision for the long run by working with a contractor who can build your dream house with reality in mind.
- Bonus Tip: Look around the community and see what involvement the contractor has. Is the reputation generally positive? Are they active and engaged in their community? Everett Builders, Inc. is invested here. Take a look at what a difference we are making locally.