Whether you’re starting from scratch or branching out, vetting contractors is a key step in building your contractor network.
We all want the best of the best. And maybe you’ve experienced the worst of the worst.
Asking the right questions will mitigate risk and set a standard for the relationship going forward. The goal is to foster a long-term relationship built on trust and transparency.
Once you have built a list of contractors – Read our post on 5 ways to source qualified contractors – you’re ready to reach out and further qualify them and ensure they meet or exceed your standards.
Here is a list of 5 qualifying questions to ask before you hire a new-to-you contractor:
- Licensing – Do they have the required license for the job?
- Insurance Coverage – Do they meet your minimum insurance requirements?
- Service Area / Availability – Do they service your area and can they respond quickly?
- Experience – How long have they been in business?
- References – Do they have references and are they reliable?
Once you’ve checked all your objective boxes you’ll want to be little subjective overall. This is where references and your own gut senses come into play. Talk to people about their experience with the contractor and trust your instincts.
“A first impression is a lasting impression.” – Frank P., Facility Manager
At the end of the day, we all want to work with people that we like. It all starts with proper vetting and clear communication of your expectations.