If you are hiring a contractor to do work for you, such as installing a new roof, installing siding on your home, painting your home, or adding a new addition, you need to make sure everything goes smoothly. Fortunately, there are many ways you can do this, two of which are listed below.

Get a Surety Bond

If you are not familiar with the contractor you hire you need to ensure the work is going to be completed by a time that you set and that the job is done correctly. To protect your rights, you can get a surety bond. This is an insurance policy that you purchase from a third party. There are different types of surety bonds including:

Bid Bond—A bid bond is a type of bond that ensures the contractor that you hired enters into the contractor and furnishes you with good performance before you have to pay them for the work that they did. Make sure you and the contractor are in agreement on the work you expect of them.

Performance Bond—The contractor may tell you the job they are doing, such as installing a new roof, will be installed by a certain date. If this date passes and it goes weeks later, the performance bond will help you so you will not have to pay a payment for services not done correctly. Look over the terms and conditions of the contract carefully so you know what they are. Get should also get a copy of the contract.


The contractor should communicate with you regularly. This is especially true if the contractor is busy and cannot do the work for you immediately. They should let you know of an approximate date they can do the job and if this date comes and goes and you do not hear from them, this is not good practice on their part.

The contractor should also stay in communication with you while they are doing the job. For example, if you are having a large job done, such as adding an addition to your home, the contractor should explain to you what they are doing every step of the way. You need to have the ability to ask them any questions that you want and they should answer them for you.

Both of these things should help you be happy with the end result of the work that you have done to your home. To learn more, contact services like NFP, P & C, Inc.