7 Must-Ask Questions Before You Hire A Contractor

Whether you’re adding a sunroom to your home or need to replace the windows, hiring the right company is crucial to the success of the project. Before deciding on just anyone, ask these questions to determine which Myrtle Beach contractor is right for you.

Are you licensed?

Ensure that your potential contractor is licensed in South Carolina before hiring them to complete work on your home. To become a licensed contractor in the state of South Carolina you have to comply with the requirements of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR). A valid contractor’s license is required of all businesses and individuals performing repairs, remodels, renovations, demolitions and new construction projects valued at $5,000 or more.

Do you have workers’ compensation for all employees?

South Carolina laws require employers that employ four or more regular full-time or part-time employees to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Be sure the contractor and all workers who will be on your property are covered.

Do you have insurance to cover accidental damage?

While no contractor wants to dig into your underground pipes or break a window while moving equipment, accident do happen. It’s important to confirm the company is insured and will cover the cost of any accidental damage that occurs on your property during the project.

Do you have a list of references?

A trusted contractor who has been in the business for a number of years should have no problem producing a sheet of references for whom he or she has completed work. Ask for names, phone numbers, and the type of work completed. If relevant, ask to see photos of the finished product.

How long will the project take?

The timeline should be included in any contract you sign with the Myrtle Beach contracting company. The contractor may negotiate a few cushion days for instances like bad weather or unexpected project issues, but a final completion date should be clearly identified. It’s also reasonable to ask for the contractor’s on-time completion rate. Don’t get stuck with a contractor who rarely finishes on time because his staff is spread too thin because of incoming jobs.

What is the guarantee on your work?

Don’t risk your investment on a contractor who doesn’t have enough confidence in his work to offer a guarantee. Ask for a written guarantee and read carefully over the clauses that specify what the contractor will cover and for how long.

What is the payment schedule?

While the payment plan may vary for different contractors, you should never be asked to pay the full amount of a project up front. It’s normal for a contractor to require a deposit and ask for payments as the work progresses with a final payment due on the date of completion.

When you decide to add a Myrtle Beach sunroom or custom LifeRoom to your house, you want the very best materials from top-of-the-line workers. Don’t trust your home or money to just anyone. The Carolina Home Exteriors team is happy to answer any questions you may have and walk you through the entire process of your project.