Choosing a tile contractor can be time consuming and stressful if you
aren’t exactly sure what to look for. Here are three of the most important
things to consider that will help you come to a well informed decision.
1. Price Quote
When hiring a tile contractor it’s important to remember that you don’t always get what you pay for and that hiring the highest bidding contractor won’t guarantee that you’ll get a top quality installation. This is especially true in today’s economy as jobs are harder to come by and highly skilled tile contractors are slashing prices in an attempt to get an upper hand on the competition. Also remember that if it sounds too good to be true it probably is and may be a scam. To make sure that you’re getting the best bang for your buck make sure you take the time to do a bit of research regarding the tile contractor’s reputation.
A tile contractor’s reputation, whether positive or negative, is something that they have earned. A tile contractor with a stellar reputation has done the work, double checked it, triple checked it, and has clients returning to them and referring them to others in their social circle. To find out more about a contractor’s reputation you can ask for a list of previous clients, client testimonials, and contact information for references. When speaking with previous clients make sure to ask about their negative experiences with the tile contractor as well. You might also consider contacting the Better Business Bureau to see what the officials have to say.
3. Licensed, Bonded, and Insured
Hiring a tile contractor that is licensed, bonded, and insured will allow you some peace of mind knowing that in a worst case scenario everyone is covered.
A contractor’s license is their equivalent of a driver’s license and is required in the state of California. It officially states that the tile contractor is legally permitted to offer their services to the public. Without a license obtained in California the contractor is working illegally.
A bond is a sum of money controlled by a third party in the name of the contractor. If a claim is filed against the contractor, and judged in favor of the client, remuneration for the cost of the damage will be paid for out of the bond.
It is important to make sure that your contractor is properly insured. If they aren’t you might end up paying damages through your home owners insurance if anything were to happen to the contractor or an employee on the job. You are protecting yourself by making sure that your contractor is protected as well.
Keep these three things in mind while selecting your contractor and know that you’ve done what you can to protect yourself and your home.