When it comes to installing new floors in your business, you want to have the best possible match. Apply the same due diligence to the vendor you choose as well. Be confident in your choice of a contractor by asking them these five questions.
- Are You Licensed and Insured?
This is one of the most important questions you need to ask! Not every vendor you meet will be licensed to do the work they have advertised. Be thorough in vetting these contractors to ensure it will be done correctly and with proper safety precautions.
Accidents can happen at any time, no matter the location, including in your office. Protect your company’s assets from costly lawsuits by asking potential vendors directly if they are licensed and insured. This answer should be strictly “yes” or “no,” be mindful of contractors who are hesitant in answering or avoid the question altogether.
- Does the Installation Have a Warranty?
The last thing you want is to pay for a service that immediately causes issues in the space. Ask your potential contractors what warranty they offer after the work is completed. Be sure to have a good number and email for any hiccups down the road to resolve the matter quickly.
- What Previous Projects Have You Completed Successfully?
A contractor might start checking off all of the necessary boxes, but you should hold off on signing any agreement until you have seen previous work. If they cannot provide you with businesses they have worked with or even pictures, move along to the next vendor.
If you can, ask other local businesses who they hired and what the experience was like for them. Be sure to ask about their level of professionalism throughout the process from the first quote to clean up. Researching reviews of contractors will help you narrow down your search in finding a quality contractor.
- What is the Price?
Like any vendor, the contractor will need to fit within your expected budget. Don’t be hesitant or apprehensive about discussing the quote for installation as well as any other unforeseen expenses. Create a budget with a cushion for unexpected costs. Once the old flooring is removed, water damage or structural damage to the foundation may be uncovered. Having that cushion can keep you on budget with the contractor and repairs.
Be cautious of the offers that are too good to be true. Those vendors may be using lower-quality materials than what they had agreed upon. They could even be cutting corners during installation, leading to greater expenses for your business down the line.
- What is the Installation Process?
A well-versed contractor should be able to give you a time frame needed for the project to be completed as well as project milestones. If a vendor is unsure of a timeline or is uncomfortable with setting deadlines, they will not be a good fit at all.
Choosing a contractor who doesn’t set deadlines can easily cost your business profit and productivity once that first milestone is not met. You need to consider how long your business will be impacted if the installation process is extended due to a contractor’s poor planning skills.
By asking these five questions, you will be able to greatly narrow down potential candidates to only the best options. Keep in mind; you should never feel pressured or obligated to sign an agreement with any contractor you are still unsure of. An outstanding vendor will allow their reviews and prior work to speak for them rather than pressuring businesses to hire them. Here at Cubix, Inc. we are proud to show you our reviews and photos of completed projects and we take pride in completing flooring installations on-time and on-budget. Reach out for a free quote on your next flooring installation project, we will be glad to be of service.