How to Interview a Floor Contractor

By: Sarah Carlye

You know your project needs a concrete floor contractor and are ready to hire one. After doing your research, you have narrowed down the list to 3 potential contractors and you are ready to schedule the interviews with the contractors. Before you start scheduling interviews, make sure you have the details of the project that you be hiring a contractor for and know what you will ask.

A contractor cannot tell you if he or she can do the job if they don’t know exactly what the job is. To prepare yourself before the interviews, have the details of the project and exactly what you will be expecting from a contractor. Know what your budget is and the expected completion date because this will be important for the contractor to know. When you have this information together then you can proceed with preparing questions to ask the contractor during the interview.

Some sample questions:

• How long have you been in business?
• Describe one of the more challenging jobs you had and how you overcame the challenges.
• Are you a licensed contractor? If yes…what city and state?
• What experience did you have before becoming a contractor?
• Could you tell me about the insurance coverage that you have? Can I confirm that with your insurance company?
• How do you stay on top of the newest and latest solutions and techniques?
• Will I get a written, itemized estimate and how long will it take to get one?
• Do you have references that I may contact?
• Do you have before and after photos of previous work?
• What permits are you expecting to need for my project?
• Are you a member of any professional or trade organizations?

During the interview, notice the comfort level the contractor has when you are asking questions. Evaluate how well the two of you communicate and get along. The contractor doesn’t have to be someone you would have over for Christmas dinner, but you should feel comfortable with the contractor because you may end up spending a considerable amount of time together on the jobsite.

Sometimes the interview goes perfect and the contractor has the perfect credentials, but your gut is telling you “not this one”. It doesn’t meat there is anything wrong with the contractor, it may just mean he or she is not right for you. It is best to follow your gut even if you never end up knowing why you felt that way.

When in the Miami, Florida area looking for a contractor for cement work, contact Concrete Floor Solutions, a company that has been doing quality work at competitive prices for the past 10 years.

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