Finding and hiring a damp proofing contractor in George (or anywhere else, for that matter) does not have to be an outright nightmare… as long as you take a bit of time beforehand to make sure that you are hiring the best person for the job, that is.
The trouble is; many people only start thinking about things such as damp proofing when something goes wrong. Perhaps you have discovered a persistent leak, a cold, damp basement or garage that will not ever seem to dry out or you cannot get rid of lingering mould in the ceiling. Whatever the case, waiting until things reach critical point can lead to hasty decisions being made when starting the hunt for a contractor.
Taking a moment to prepare yourself will help you know exactly what to look for (and what to avoid), enabling you to find a suitably qualified, experienced expert who will be more than equipped to assist with damp proofing in George.
What You Should Know About Hiring Damp Proofing Contractors
The beautiful Garden Route is one of the most scenic parts of the Western Cape, and for the most part, this region has been blessed with a mild climate that is usually temperate. Rain and moisture however are among the factors that help keep this area so green and fresh. While this is great news from a visual point of view, it is not always ideal as far as damp prevention and proofing goes. To help you find just the right damp proofing expert in George, consider these dos and don’ts…
- Do get estimates. This will help you get a list of possible choices, along with estimates in writing from each that will be used to make your final decision. Be careful of choosing by low price alone however. There may be a reason that their price is so low (and it may not be a good reason, either).
- Do ask questions. How many similar projects has the contractor completed? Are any sorts of plans or permits needed? Does the contractor have any references? Is the contractor covered by insurance? Will sub-contractors be used, and if so, are they also licensed and insured?
- Don’t pay cash. Instead, be sure that you fully understand payment options. Depending on the size and scope of the project, you could try to make regular payment during the project’s completion. If it is a smaller job, you could find out about paying on project completion, or paying a deposit followed by the remainder on project completion. This approach will go a long way in covering you in the event of delays or issues.
- Don’t forget to get everything in writing. A contract is essential – even if you draw it up yourself and get it signed. It does not have to be overly complicated. It should be clear, outlining the project at hand, the agreed upon costs, payment terms, contractor’s information, estimate start and completion dates, use of sub-contractors and suppliers and all other relevant information. You could also consider getting a list of materials that will be required, along with who is responsible for purchasing the materials. Things like warranties and an idea of what you can expect should also be discussed beforehand. For example, you could find out whether trash collection is included, or if it is possible to ask for a ‘broom clause’ that includes clean up as well as any messes made during the job. Do not forget to be fully clear on any promises made during talks or calls – write these down so that you have them in writing.
- Do keep records. Keep all relevant paperwork somewhere safe – including contracts, invoices and anything else related to the job. Photos at various stages of the project are also recommended. If you have any issues at any point, having all of your information kept safely will be very useful.
- Don’t pay until you are fully satisfied. That does not mean you have to be fussy or unfair – it does mean that you should only pay once the work has been done according to the plan and promises of the contractor. Remember that tip about getting things in writing? This is why it is so essential.
- Do use a checklist. It will save you plenty of time and stress to have a simple checklist that outlines all the work that has been promised in the contract, warranties for material and labour, proof that sub-contractors and suppliers have been paid, that the job site has been cleaned up according to the arrangements you made and that you have inspected and approved the work that has been done.
This may seem like a lot of work, but in the long run, you will save yourself a world of potential stress by being prepared. The last thing you want after dealing with damp issues is to deal with contractor issues as well… especially if the problem is not properly fixed. Be smart and choose George damp proofing contractors wisely – you will not regret taking the time to do so.