When it comes to hiring a pole barn or steel building contractor, making the wrong choice could mean being stuck in a bad situation with no way out. If they have poor customer service or communication, you’ll be pulling your hair out trying to get a response to your questions. If their quality of work is lacking, you’ll be fighting to have them come back and fix problems long after they are finished.
This is why it’s so important to do your research on potential pole barn or steel building contractors before hiring one. Even if they give you the lowest bid for the project, you should carefully check references and reviews before hiring. Keep reading for tips on how to do just that.
Ask the Contractor for References
Don’t feel awkward asking a pole barn or steel building contractor for references. Try to get the phone number for at least three former customers. Here are a few good questions to ask when you call those references.
- What kind of work did the contractor do for you?
- Did they communicate and respond in a timely manner during the project?
- Did they stay within your budget, and if not, why didn’t they?
- Did they finish in the time they said they would?
- Have you used this contractor more than once, or would you use them again?
Check Reviews and More
Use obvious review websites like Facebook, Google reviews or Yelp to find the reviews you need. Reading through reviews can give you a great idea on who the company is, the kind of work they do, and how they treat their customers. Also, if you Google the company’s name + “lawsuit,” you can find out if anyone has sued the business before.
Check for License and Insurance
It’s completely within your right to ask the pole barn or steel building contractor for proof of their license. After you see the actual certificate, double check by contacting the licensing entity. It’s also important to ask the company if all of their subcontractors are licensed. If your barn or building will need electricity or plumbing, it’s likely there will be subcontractors working on your property as well.
Reputable contractors should carry liability insurance in case your property is damaged during their work. They should also carry workers’ compensation insurance in case an employee is injured on your property. Checking for a contractor’s insurance coverage will protect yourself if either of these unfortunate events were to happen during the project.
Get Quick and Simple Financing
Since you’ll be taking the time to research contractor references and reviews, give yourself a break and leave your loan financing to HFS Financial. We make getting a pole barn or steel building loan fast and easy. 60 seconds is all the time you’ll need to apply, and HFS Financial will take care of the rest. Have questions? Our team is here to help. Send us a message or call us at 1-800-254-9560. When it comes to pole barns or steel buildings, at HFS Financial, “You Dream It, We Finance It!”