Sometimes it makes more sense to hire a professional than carrying out a job yourself that realistically you have no clue about. However choosing the right contractor can be a difficult task, there are a few things you’ll need to consider before going with “the one”. Here we are going to discuss why you should research cladding and spraying contractors.
Researching cladding and spraying contractors
We always recommend you make a short list of the potential on site spraying contractors you will be using. Ask business acquaintances who they have used previously for referrals. Check out contractors on places such as Trust Pilot, or even on their Google business pages; you will be able to see honest reviews from previous clients, this can be a good indicator of whether to go with them or not.
Some people are afraid to ask questions to contractors because they feel they’re too obvious or are new to using contractors. We have compiled a list of questions you should be asking your cladding and spraying contractors:
- How many projects have you completed in the last year?
- May I have a list of references?
- Do you have insurance?
- Will you be using subcontractors on this project?
Specialises in your project
Make sure the contractor you are looking at specialises in your specific cladding repairs and resprays. You will want to know if they can perfectly colour match for you, the last thing you want is to have it repaired and resprayed to find it is the wrong colour, meaning you’ll have to respray the whole exterior or get a new contractor. Either way, it will end up costing you more money in the future so you should always be wary of this. Ask if they provide a warranty or guarantee on spraying services, you will want to know if your cladding or paintwork starts to become damaged before their given time you can go back to the contractor and they will fix it for you.
Set out guidelines for your project
Always set out clear guidelines of how you want the project done, after all, you are the client and your paying for a service, so you will want it done your way. Don’t be afraid to set deadlines, however, make sure these deadlines are realistic. Unfortunately, you might not be able to have all of the curtain walling repaired and resprayed on a ten-floor building in a day. Make sure that if something isn’t going to plan you voice your opinion, we find a lot of clients are worried about saying anything until the end of a project, and it then takes it longer to rectify the situation.
Look for examples of past work
Look for previous work; this will be a good indication of how efficient and how well the contractor works. It will allow you to see the effort and finish of their previous work. If at all possible contact previous clients, ask them how long it took them to do a project, whether they completed the work on time, did they try to charge you for additional work that wasn’t quoted?
Once you have decided to go with a specific cladding or spraying contractor, we suggest you make sure a contract is in place. You want to be clear with deadlines and budget here, if not a contractor could easily go over budget and you’re stuck in a sticky situation where you cant pay. Make sure to read through every aspect of your contract, in the UK if there is anything wrong with cladding on the exterior of your building the responsibility lies with the construction professional. Don’t let the contractor carry out any work until the contract has been signed by both parties.
Make payments on time
As a customer you are responsible for making payments on time, by not doing so, you are only slowing down the progress of your project. Make an effort to pay your contractor on time; this will show the contractor that you appreciate their work and will encourage them to do a good job and complete the job in a timely manner. We also recommend to only make your final payment if you are happy with the work that’s been completed.
Keep all paperwork related to your project including, copies of signed contracts, any correspondence and a record of all payments made. You might also want to take progression pictures throughout the project if its one that takes longer than a week. This will be more important to obtain if for any reason you have issues during and after using a contractor. To keep all your documents safe you may want to think about purchasing a ring binder form Viking Direct.
Make sure you are not caught out by a cowboy contractor. Unfortunately, there are a few people around that are happy to take your money with doing as little work as possible. There are a few ways you can spot a cowboy contract; if they are willing to start the work tomorrow, this is often a sign that they have no other work to do. If a contractor is suggesting you to pay them in cash to reduce the price of your overall bill you should stay clear. By paying in cash, it means there is no proof in them ever actually doing a job if you are going to pay in cash always insist on a written receipt on headed paper with a signature from the contractor.
Always make sure you put effort into researching contractors, don’t just go with the first one you see. Try and take recommendations from other business if, at all possible, they can also give you feedback on whether the contractor was good with timing and completed work to high standard. Make sure both parties sign any contracts before work starts, and we always recommend that you keep all paperwork and traces of communication.