[Part 2 in a series, “Ask the Right Questions to Get the Right Remodeler - Here's What to Say”]
Back in Part 1, we explained how to narrow your search for the right remodeler.
Here in Part 2, you start making calls.
BONUS: we're about to give you a handy list of actual questions to ask, a free script to use, from your friends at HRD, Handyworks Remodeling and Design, 47 North Plains Industrial Road, Suite B, Wallingford, CT:
Here's the list of questions to ask:
PRINT THIS PAGE...It's your script: Take notes as you talk with remodelers. Use one page for each remodeler.
Company name _________________________________________
Town or City ____________________________________________
Name of person you’re talking to ___________________________
TIME IN BUSINESS - Ask these questions:
1: “How old is your company?” [# of years: _____]
2: “Is your license in the company's name, or in a person’s name?”
[circle one: company name/person’s name]
TYPES OF EMPLOYEES - Ask these questions:
1: “How many people are on your staff?” [# of people: ____]
2: “Are they payroll employees or per-project (1099) employees?”
[circle one: payroll/per-project]
Important note: Payroll employees are usually full-time. Per-project (1099) employees are paid by the hour, or by the project.
3, If payroll, ask: “You carry workman’s comp, right?” (it’s the law) [circle one: yes/no]
- If they say yes: continue to the next question.
- If they say no: thank them and move on to the next person.
Why this is important: Having no workman’s comp means the company is likely small and not properly insured, making you, the homeowner, liable for incidents or injuries. Plus, if the company has per-project employees only, they are not necessarily loyal to the contractor, or to the project they’re working on.
INSURANCE - Ask these questions:
- “Can you email me a copy of your ACORD insurance certificate?” (it’s only one page)
- If they say yes, check Section B “worker’s compensation” for coverage amounts.
- If they say no, or will not send, or if their worker’s comp shows zero coverage, move on to another company.
Learn more about insurance in our other blogs:
"Insurance Assurance: What You NEED, Before You PROCEED!" To read it, click here.
"Fully Insured Does NOT Always Mean...Fully Insured!" To read it, click here.
This research info will help anyone trying to select the best qualified remodeler for a project.
Handyworks Remodeling and Design (HRD), Inc.
47 North Plains Industrial Road, Suite B
Wallingford, CT 06492
To read Part 1 of this article, "Finding the Right Remodeler: Easy as ABC!", click here.
OR...ASK KEITH YOUR QUESTION, NOW:
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