One of the biggest and worst mistakes a property owner can make when hiring a contractor is failing to get everything—and we mean everything—in writing.
On a very basic level, the contract should outline…
What work will be done
The material & equipment that will be used
Who will be doing the work
A payment schedule
A timetable for completion
You may have heard contractors claim to be licensed, bonded, and/or insured, but what do these labels mean, and how are they different from one another?
If you plan on hiring a contractor, make sure you understand the distinction between a contractor's license, bond, and insurance, and how each of them protects homeowners.
A contractor must have the proper local and state licensing in order to perform demolition work. Hiring a contractor who isn't licensed could lead to fines, an unsafe work environment, or removal of your project without warning or compensation.
Contractor licensing requirements vary from state-to-state—and some state's leave licensing up to cities and counties entirely—so check out your state’s licensing requirements below.