Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, Inlet Contracting is a Class A Virginia Contractor
Researching a contractor that you are ultimately going to be working with is a smart idea. Almost every weekend in your local Homes section of your newspaper, there are tips on choosing a contractor. Below is a similar list to help you get the answers you need to help you “Choose your builder wisely”.
These tips are very helpful and informative
Ask if they are a state licensed contractor with the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations. Contractor’s licenses are awarded in three categories. Make sure your contractor has the proper license for you job. Class A contractors can initiate contracts of any value; Class B contractors up to $120,000; Class C up to $7,500. This is based on your total estimated job cost
If a contractor can’t or won’t get building permits in their own company’s name, BE CAREFUL. If you are asked to get the permit in your name, you are also accepting responsibility of all liabilities and inspections to your job.
If your contractor does not have the proper insurance you may be liable for any work related accidents during construction.
Most contractors are proud to show off there work. Ask to see pictures and references of previous jobs. The best advertising, (and most honest) is from satisfied customers. Talk to past customers of the contractor.
Manufactures warrantees can be provided from your builder. These include such items as roofing and siding materials, windows, doors, appliances, electrical fixtures and such. A craftsmanship warrantee covers any defects or problems that may arise after the job is complete. Usually a builder will cover this for a period of 1 year.
It is easier for everyone involved to understand your wants and needs of the project. Show drawings, pictures from magazines, pictures from a friend’s house or your own sketches to convey to the contractor what you are expecting out of the finished product.
Do you feel comfortable with their answers to your questions? Do you feel the contractor understands your wants and needs? Do you think this person understands the scope of work you are asking for? And do you think this person is open to possible changes during construction or able to help you make decisions that are easier for them to understand than you.
Remember, this is the person you are trusting to enter your home. This process doesn’t have to be stressful. A good contractor can leave the completed job as a new friend, not an enemy.