You have exchanged contracts; it's time to ensure that as soon as you complete work can begin without delay.
Review the quotes and estimates you received before making an offer. Have the companies come back and do last full quotes.
Evaluate the quotes and select a contractor.
Remember just because one contractor is cheaper or more expensive than another doesn't mean they are better or worse, double check what is included in the quotes, select your contractor or contractors. Remember to check references, their insurance and go with your gut.
Agree time frames with your contractor.
By when will each step be done? Get it all in writing. What happens when they don't complete things on time? Is there a penalty, is there a grace period?
Agree to a payment schedule.
If it is a small job, then you will pay on completion of the work. For more substantial projects there could be some staged payments where you pay after work is completed at pre-agreed points.
Never pay upfront. Just don't.
Finally, sign the contract for the works to be done, and get the contractors started.
A few bonus tips:
- Double check your work doesn't need any permits before work starts
- If you can physically go and see examples of their work, do so
- Communicate with your contractors regularly. At least once a day make sure you speak to them (visit on site for the best communication)
- Don't change your plans of what you agreed with your contractors. This causes delays and cost increases.
Working with a great contractor can be an enjoyable experience. Choose wisely and stay on top of what is happening on your property.
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