When you are considering building, expanding or simply doing a little cosmetic improvement to your office, residence or commercial property, there are several factors to consider that could save or cost you more in the long run.
There are easy steps you should take before hiring a contractor.
You MUST ask to see their Contractor’s license and license limit and check the Nevada State Contractors Board website to verify that the license is valid and current.
On any project, regardless of size, it is to your benefit to get multiple quotations for the work. Three is the most common number. And remember also, the lowest price is not necessarily the best price. Be sure that everything you requested is included in the price. This will minimize the chance of any change orders. IF change orders do occur, agree to authorize only written change orders prior to work being performed.
After you select the contractor and verify the license, there are more steps that should be taken before money changes hands or the work starts. And don’t be embarrassed or feel guilty about checking. Your money and the success of the project are on the line.
Check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against your selected contractor. Also ask the contractor for at least three references and if possible, ask to see past projects in your area. Reputable general contractors like Mountain Vista Development, Inc. are proud of their work and are happy to show it off.
A written contract is essential. Make sure you understand the contractor’s terms (payment and work schedule) and that all of the proposed work is detailed in the contract.
Additionally, you should ask for a list of the contractor’s subs, and copies of their licenses. You want to know who is going to show up on your job site and that they are also following the rules. Both general contractor and subcontractors must also have both general liability and workers compensation insurance.
Money can be the biggest headache on a construction project. After you have agreed to all terms and conditions, be very leery about unexpected requests for payment, or price increases. After the project begins, contractors expect to be paid as the work progresses. When payments are made, make sure the work for which you are paying is completed. Ask for unconditional progress releases after making a progress payment and an unconditional final release after final payment. Never pay cash; and never make a final payment until you are fully satisfied with the project.
Unlicensed contractors can jeopardize your project and cost you money and delays.
If you encounter problems, more information is available on the contractor board’s website. Phone numbers are also listed for license verification or complaints.
Visit http://www.nvcontractorsboard.com for more information about hiring licensed contractors.
Don’t hesitate to contact any member of the Mountain Vista Development team http://www.mountainvistadevelopment.com for questions or advice about your project. As a woman-owned business, president Vicki King believes in communicating every step of the process so your project is built right the first time.
Vicki Hainsworth King, President
Mountain Vista Development, Inc.
2675 E. Patrick Lane, Suite 15 | Las Vegas, NV 89120 | 702.458.9700 Info@mountainvistadevelopment.com