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HOW TO VET A CONTRACTOR

Any time you work with a contractor, you want to make sure that they are someone that you feel comfortable working with. A few different traits go into making the perfect contractor and what matters to you might not matter to someone else. Still, there are some guarantees that you want in a contractor and a few easy ways to make sure they can meet your needs. In order to find the right contractor, you will need to consider a few key areas of value. In this post, we will discuss how you can vet a contractor so you have a good experience every time.

Ask About What Is Important To You
Knowing what you want from your contractor is very important and can help you to find the right fit. Are you looking for someone who has a certain level of experience? Are you in need of someone adaptable and creative so they can offer custom solutions? Being able to clearly ask questions about what is important to you will help you to find a better fit. Even better, it will help to highlight what is important for the contractor that you choose. It demonstrates very clearly what they can expect and what you hope to see from the relationship.

Ask About Their Previous Experience
When it comes to working with a contractor, it helps to know what they are bringing to the table. Talking to a contractor about their previous experience and what they have worked on can help you to learn more about their competencies. Generally, they will provide you with exciting projects and roles, or at least demonstrate what makes them a good fit for the job.

Check Out Their Reviews
A huge part of vetting a contractor is checking out their reviews, if possible. Before you work with someone, it can really help to know if they have caused problems for anyone else. While a bad review isn’t always the worst thing, it is generally better to know if you are working with someone who has let down a lot of clients. Be aware of repeated negative language in reviews or issues that people are consistently having with the contractor.

Talk With Them About The Project
A simple conversation can really help you to determine if someone is a good fit for you. Not only will this tell you a bit about what they will bring from a cultural perspective, but it will also help you to see their mind at work. When you talk about your project, see what they come up with and what they have to offer. Does it seem like they understand your needs? Are they offering helpful suggestions? Pay attention to what they know and how they act.

Conclusion
In order to effectively vet a contractor, you have to know what you value. Every contractor will bring something different to the table, so take the time to explore your own needs and find out how they can help. Sometimes even a short conversation will tell you all that you need to know about working with someone. Trust your instincts and hold out for the perfect match!

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