HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT GARAGE ORGANIZATION COMPANY FOR THE JOBJuly 26, 2015
Unless you’re the most hardcore DIY-er, a task as robust as reorganizing the garage, installing custom garage cabinets, and mounting shelves for additional storage should be left to professionals. Here’s how to find the right garage designer for your project and ensure they’re qualified for the job before you sign a contract.
START WITH LICENSING
Before you meet any garage designers, make sure that they are licensed: California legally mandates that you must hire a licensed contractor for any home repair or renovation job worth more than $500 in materials and labor costs. You can look up licenses online or by calling (800) 321-2752. If you proceed with an unlicensed contractor, they probably lack insurance. You risk being held liable if a worker becomes injured on the job or the work isn’t up to code.
MAKE SURE THEY’RE INSURED
As with an updated license, you must check that a garage cabinet contractor has insurance, including liability and workers’ compensation insurance to cover employee injuries on the job. A surety bond protects you and offers protection in case the contractor fails to meet the specifications. This way, if a contractor completed half the job and bailed with your money, you still have recourse.
INSIST ON A FREE CONSULTATION
A reputable licensed garage organization company should offer you a free consultation to discuss your project. No reputable company will want to charge you for this. During the consultation, a company representative should visit your home, discuss the project in detail, give you a project quote, and answer any questions that you have.
ASK FOR A GUARANTEE OR WARRANTY
Garage cabinets are an investment, so you want them to last. Without a warranty of some kind, cabinets could come loose and fail to perform, shelves could buckle under weight load or come loose, and you would have no recourse.
Make sure any garage organization company you’re considering offers a guaranty or warranty for their workmanship. California mandates that contractors provide a one year expressed limited warranty, so at the very minimum you should be protected for one year from defects in workmanship.
INSIST THEY GET WORK DONE ON TIME
A reputable contractor should be able to tell you when they can start the job and how much time they need to complete the job. Insist that the contractor meet this timeline before you sign the paperwork. You don’t want to get into a situation where workers fail to show up, your garage is a mess with half-finished cabinet installation, and you cannot use the garage.
When these 5 criteria are met, you can feel good moving ahead with custom garage cabinet installation.