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Hiring a Contractor Or Service Provider Part 2

 

Continuation of: Suggestions on Hiring a Contractor or Service Provider

In the first part of this series “Suggestions for hiring a contractor or service Provider”, we started by asking ourselves some questions about why we may be hiring a contractor. We ended up with 22 questions. There are going to be plenty of other questions to ask ourselves based on the answers to the these first 22 questions. That is why we will break these first 22 questions down and discuss them just a few at a time.

Why ask yourself these questions anyway?

The reason you want to ask yourself these questions is to have a better understanding of why you are needing a contractor or service provider in the first place. These questions will also help you to make a more informed decision about, not only the type of contractor you need, but also which contractor you should ultimately go with. Now I’m not saying that every time you go to choose a contractor or service provider you’re going to spend days pondering these questions. But going over these questions now might help you to subconsciously make a better decision later. Let’s face there are some circumstances that arise when you will just need to pick up the phone and make a call, quick! Like the sewer just backed up in your basement and it’s still rising! You can, be prepared for instances like this. Find out here how not to be caught off guard when something breaks quits working in your home.For now we will just go over the first question from the previous article.

1.) Is why you’re hiring the contractor an emergency?

Now this may seem like a ridiculous question. Why, because you’ll know when it’s an emergency right?! Just like the example from above. There may be some case when you might think it’s an emergency and it’s really not. For example, your hot water heater just quit working. now depending on what you where doing at the time it went out you may think it’s an emergency. To many people this would be one of those times, and that’s fine, they probably just have not experienced many real emergencies in their life yet. But this really is more of an inconvenience than anything. Remember emergency usually means you’re going to pay a little more than a regular service call charge, especially if you have the contractor come to your house at 11pm to fix the hot water heater and he discovers it was just a thrown breaker. OUCH! So, the point of this question is, decide, is it an emergency or a simple inconvenience? Because hey, I could be inconvenienced for a night if it saves me a couple hundred BUCKS! I’ll rinse my hair in cold water if I have to.

I spent a little longer on this than what I had planned to. But I thought I needed to make sure you understood the difference between an emergency and an inconvenience. Now for some this may differ and that’s fine. Just be prepared to spend a little more when you consider it an emergency and have to have something tended to right NOW.

Check back in a couple days and I will go over the next couple questions.

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April 3, 2015
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