Top tips on how to pick a contractor

Top tips on how to pick a contractor

Installations and hiring contractors can be expensive, so it’s crucial that you make the right choice at the beginning of your project. What initially seem like the cheaper option could end up being the most expensive if the work is done incorrectly.

Making the right choice

At Cotterill Civils we’re passionate about what we do – protecting the environment and operating in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. We care about our customers and we want to help you make the right choice when it comes to appointing a good and reputable contractor.

That’s why we’ve produced this helpful guide to provide you with advice on the questions you should be asking any contractor to make sure they’re right for the job. Ultimately, it strives to protect you, the customer, and our industry.

Recent changes in the law

Laws surrounding installations and contracting work are always changing. You need to make sure that you hire a contractor that keeps up to date with the new regulations and laws, in order to protect yourself against future issues with bodies such as The Environmental Agency.

What should you be asking a potential contractor?

  1. Do you have Public & Products Liability Insurance Cover?

If the answer is no to this questions, you should not engage the contractor.

If yes, request a copy. Find out if it covers them for deep excavations and if it is in date.

2. Do you have a reference from a previous customer that you have completed work for?

The contractor should be able to easily supply you with this reference.

3. Are you accredited by the equipment manufacturer?

They should be able to easily answer this and supply you with proof.

4. Do you know how to commission and service the unit as well as install it?

The answer to this question should be yes.

Obtaining peace of mind

You are absolutely within your rights to ask these questions. It may seem a daunting task but it’s your hard earned money that you’re spending. It will also provide you with peace of mind that you are engaging the right contractor.

You may prefer to ask these questions over the phone before wasting your precious time on site visits. A good contractor will be pleased that you are asking them these questions as it is protecting their reputation.

Where to go for advice?

We hope that these top tips help you to make the right choices and avoid unpleasant situations.

Cotterill Civils are leading experts in installations. We install galvanised steel tanks, sewage treatment systems, stormwater attenuation systems, and farm buildings.

For more help and information please call us on 0121 3513230 or visit our website.