Whether you are looking to renovate your home or build a new one, it is important to spend some time finding the right contractor. After all, even excellent contractors may not be a good fit for your project. Furthermore, if you intend to live in your home during the project, you probably want to have a good rapport with your contractor.
Most contractors do not complete every phase of the construction or renovation process by themselves. Whether to control overhead or provide specialty services, contractors often rely on subcontractors. These individuals are not employees of your contractor, of course.
Your contractor’s due diligence
Even though your contractor is probably free to subcontract with anyone he or she chooses, your contractor should not put the success of your project in jeopardy. Consequently, it may be advisable to ask your contractor for information about each subcontractor. If something bothers you, you may be able to request a different subcontractor to work on your project.
Your home defects
According to Moving.com, asking for references and project samples may help you choose the right contractor and subcontractors Still, even if you ask your general contractor for examples of the subcontractor’s work, your project still may end up with defects.
Fortunately, you probably have a legal right to hold the contractor responsible for the subcontractor’s defects. That is, you may be able to seek financial compensation from the contractor for any necessary repairs. The subcontractor may not be off the hook either.
Ultimately, if you can hold both the contractor and the subcontractor legally responsible for your damages, you are likely to have the financial resources to fix the defect.