With the growing economy many small companies are popping up all over town, consumers are often over whelmed with the flyers, door knockers and advertising. One thing to keep in mind is that not all of these "overnight wonders" are legitimate companies. Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe when hiring someone you don't know:
#1-Get online and check out the companies reputation, see what people say about them and how they treat their clients, have they been around long? A good company will take pride in their online presence and reputation because that is how they grow their business.
#2-Outstanding or out of business? Check out your states business entity search engine to verify the company is registered and in good standing, this search engine can be found here for Colorado-http://www.sos.state.co.us
#3-Ask for their liability insurance paperwork or even to be added as an additional insured before the work begins. This is an extra step for the contractor but it only takes the insurance agent a few minutes to process the paperwork and send it over.
#4-Look at their workers compensation policy for their employees. Owners don't generally need workers comp, employees and sub contractors should have it in place in the event something occurs on your property.
Don't let this article stray you from the small companies, there is nothing wrong with a single crew or even a single operator. You may find that they have better attention to detail but they could also be over whelmed easily with their work load. It's all too often we hear about how a customer was ripped off or taken advantage of when working with an un-named company or shady individual. These four items on the check list will help you as a consumer reduce your risk and help you locate the best contractor possible for your project. In this industry we have heard many stories about the "cheapest bid" and how they ended in a mess. You will always receive what you pay for, some companies require more money because they have the experience, knowledge and skill set to provide the results you desire.