5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Flooring Contractor
Hiring a flooring contractor can be difficult if you don't know what you are looking for. This guide will help you make a better choice.
1. Your level of liability
You don't want to be responsible for workplace injuries. So, you definitely want to work with a contractor who has a worker’s compensation plan in place. In case something goes wrong at work, you will be safe. Also, damages to materials and property can occur during work processes. A typical flooring company will cover for any eventuality, especially when it comes to workmanship and the quality of material that you use. In the course of the job, flooring materials maybe be damaged or the installation process might not go on as planned to bring costly delays and inconveniences. You want to be free from such baggage.
You can hire a specialist flooring company or a general contractor. If you have chosen a general contractor, you may want to know the following. Are there subcontractors for this project? Does the warranty cover these subcontractors? Do they also have workers' compensation? Do they have insurance? Your contractor might decide to work with other technicians and subcontractors to complete the project, especially when it involves other services, such as installing heated floors or renovations.
3. Training, license, and accreditation
A flooring contractor should have the necessary skill set required to do the job. This requires training, certification, and accreditation. A contractor may be licensed to work on floors but lack the specific skillset that you require. As you may already know, there are many floor types, including hardwood, concrete, and tiles. If you want a tile floor, you definitely want to confirm that there are tiling technicians in the company's roaster.
4. The desired finish
Different contractors offer different deliverables for your project, including the type of stain and finish. You need to check the general notes and warranty page before signing. Some of the contractors will not send you these two documents when sending a quote. You should request them. On the general notes section, you will see things that may not be included in the quote. What type of cleaning and waste removal is offered? Is deep cleaning part of the job? What about dust mitigation? If you overlook these details, you may end up picking an offer that will inconvenience you. For example, if waste removal is not offered, you will need to spend extra on that.
5. The cost of the project
If you are ready to start your project, it is possible to have an estimate that will be very close to the final quote. If you are not, the estimate will probably be different from the final quote. This is because prices of materials and labor keep fluctuating. If you get an estimate, it is always good to adjust your budget by 10-15% just to be on the safe side.
For all your flooring installations and repairs around East/Westside, Washington, Struction Builders & Floors is your best option. We do commercial and residential flooring projects, including luxury vinyl, tile, laminate, and carpets. Give us a call.
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