10 Tips to Finding a Contractor in Las Vegas

Finding a contractor in Las Vegas can feel like a need in a haystack kind of search, there is always work going on in this town. As a local you know that there while we are a major city in many ways we still function as a small town. Word of mouth and reputation go a long way here. Here are 10 tips to finding a contractor in Las Vegas that you should put into practice when picking a contractor to work with you on your projects, be they large or small.

 

ONE: Know before you go. The more you know about what you are looking to do the more accurate estimate. Be very specific in what you want to be done and the materials you would like to use to make it happen.

TWO: References and Research. Ask friends, relatives, and co-workers for references. People in your neighborhood who have done similar projects are your best sources. Interview at least three contractors. Ask a lot of questions and get a written bid from each one. When you compare bids, make sure each one includes the same materials and the same tasks, so you’re comparing apples and apples. Get three bids even if you have a contractor you like because you’ll learn something from each interview.

THREE: Check licenses, complaints, and litigation history. General contractors and most subcontractors should be licensed, although the procedure varies by state and municipality. Check the disciplinary boards, Better Business Bureau and local court records for problems. Ask the contractor for a copy of his license and copies of the licenses of the major subcontractors who will work on the job.

FOUR: Sign a detailed contract. Make sure your contract states exactly all of the work that is to be done, including deadlines, progress payments, the exact materials that will be used down to the model number and who will provide which materials. If the builder’s contract is not detailed enough, write up your own or provide addendums. Any change in the project, whether you change your mind about products or ask for additional projects, should generate a written change order that includes the new work, materials, and cost.

FIVE: Get permits. Nearly all home renovation projects require permits. Many fly-by-night companies, as well as some licensed contractors, will suggest the job be done without permits to save money. Not only does that violate local ordinances and subject you to fines if you’re caught, it means the work will not be inspected by the city or county to make sure it’s up to code. Be wary of contractors who ask you to get the permits – that’s the contractor’s job. Unpermitted work can also cause problems when it’s time to sell.

SIX: Negotiate! Set the ground rules for your home, property, and project. Discuss what hours the contractor can work at your home, what kind of notice you’ll get, what bathroom the workers will use and what will be cleaned up at the end of every workday.

SEVEN: Communicate. Talk to the contractor frequently. For a big job, you may need to talk every day. If you see a potential issue, speak up immediately. Something that is done wrong will be harder to fix later after your contractor has packed up and moved on to his next job.

EIGHT: Verify insurance coverage. Know what is covered by your homeowners’ insurance and what is covered by your contractor’s business insurance. Get a copy of the company’s insurance policy.

NINE: Get lien releases and receipts for products. If your contractor doesn’t pay his subcontractors or suppliers, they can put a mechanic’s lien against your house. You want copies of receipts for all the materials.

TEN: Final Approval. Don’t make the final payment until the job is 100 percent complete. Contractors are notorious for finishing most of the job and then moving on before they get to the final details. Don’t make the final payment until you are completely satisfied with the work and have all the lien releases and receipts.

 

When you apply these tips to your project and select the right contractor for you and your project, be sure that you add to the pool of knowledge for those that come after you. Write the reviews, take the time. For the help, it has given you be that for the next client. Let us know if tips like this have helped you find the right contractor in Las Vegas.

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