Picking the right contractor
A contractor's reputation is as important as the
structure of his business: if the company in his wife's name,
alarm bells should be sounding. Local
authorities should have a good feel for
differentiating the cowboys from the genuine
builders. 'One man band' contractors can
provide an excellent service and are
relatively cheap, however recourse is
their Achilles heal. Medium size
contractors have the resource but the
quality of service varies greatly
depending on the site foreman you get.
They also tend to be more expensive.
contractors should carry All Risk
insurance details need to be checked before signing a
contract. In the eyes of the law, contractors
are the client's employees and the client is
responsible for any harm to the public
or neighbours they may cause. If these ones cannot
pay or have inadequate insurance, the employer/client will
stand next in line for the cost.