Maintenance and home projects are an ongoing necessity, and one of the most important things to consider is hiring the best person for the job.
Some jobs are larger than others, so a general contractor may be the right answer. Examples of such jobs are bathroom and kitchen renovations, general renovations, structural work, etc.
Electrical work should always be done by a licensed electrician. Depending on the project though, a master electrician may be required to sign off. This type of work could be the replacement of the electrical distribution system, panel replacement, aluminum wiring repairs, service upgrade etc.
For plumbing work, some jobs are more complicated than others. Minor plumbing repairs, such as drain traps, sink fixtures and toilet installation work can be done by a knowledgeable handyman or contractor. For more complicated work, a licensed plumber should be hired.
Who should install tiles? Tiling is a precision job that requires experience and knowledge. Simple tiling such as backsplash could be done by a handyman. For large areas and bathrooms, we recommend hiring a professional tiler.
Are all flooring materials the same? No, they are not. Hardwood installation is much different from laminate, carpet or vinyl. An experienced handyman or contractor can work with all materials. We have seen one too many amateur jobs though so be careful whom you hire. If the rate is too low, one should wonder about the quality of the work.
Can anyone install gas appliances? Only gas-licensed technicians can install gas appliances or deal with gas installations. Amateur gas installations are a major hazard.
I am missing some shingles, whom do I call? A roofer is the answer. Only a roofing company should be dealing with the roof repairs.
There are so many different jobs and projects that are needed around the house, that it would be impossible to list them here. However, making sure that you’re hiring the best person for the job you need is critical.
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- Is insurance really necessary? Absolutely yes. Any contractor working in your home should have general liability insurance.
- Are contractors required to be licensed? Unfortunately not, but professional contracting companies will be registered with the TSSA and only work with licensed trades.
- Do I have to pay upfront for projects? Be careful when paying upfront or giving deposits. Too many stories are out there for contractors that left jobs half done.
- Do I need a written agreement for any work performed? Absolutely yes, without a written agreement that states the scope of work you will not have recourse if something goes wrong.
- Should I hire someone who will do it in cash without tax? Only hire a contractor or professional that abides by the government’s tax laws.