What To Ask A Potential Contractor

When you’re planning a complex design or build project, it’s important to find a contractor that can share your vision and help deliver the best possible results. If you have a few contractors in mind and are trying to make a decision on which one is right for your project, asking questions can help identify the best option for you.

eden London work with many clients who are undertaking their first design and build project. It’s normal to feel a bit overwhelmed and unsure of what to ask, but it’s also important to identify the most qualified, reliable and best suited contractor.

We’ve put together a list of questions you should ask a potential contractor which will help you make this decision.

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How long have you been trading?

As with many professions, working as a contractor takes years to perfect. Contractor firms who have been trading for many years have acquired more experience, knowledge and skill which will likely be reflected in their standard of work.

Have you undertaken similar projects?

Your project is unique, but asking a contractor if they’ve completed similar work will help indicate if they are able to complete your poject.

Things to mention when asking this question include:

Although this list is not extensive of your projects particulars, it will help you to determine the level of experience your potential contractor has in this type of work.

Do you have insurance?

All reliable contractors should have a number of insurance policies in place. Even with the best contractors in the business on board, there is the risk of unforseen issues.

All trustworthy contractors will have comprehensive insurance policies in place which will cover you and them in the event of any loss or damage.

Your contractor should have:

Trustworthy prospective contractors will be happy to provide proof of valid insurance.

Every contract should also provide:

What accreditations do you have?

Accreditations officially recognise contractors as qualified and able to perform their role. Accreditations are a signal of reliability, responsibility and trustworthiness.

The accreditations held by a contractor should be widely recognised, up-to-date and genuine.

Common accreditations held by contractors include:

If you are ever in doubt about the authenticity of an accreditation, you should contact the certification provider directly.

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