There are many things that can go wrong when hiring a contractor to weld your project. It can save you time, effort, and money by asking the right questions before getting bids. These are the three questions that you should ask before hiring welding services:
- Are you insured and licensed?
- Who will do the work?
- What time will it take?
Although the first question is obvious, there are many companies that don't have insurance or forgot to pay their premiums. You could be sued if a welder is injured on the job, or if your property is damaged. You could face lawsuits against the company for medical bills, property damage that is not covered, and delays that add costs to the project.
One of the most important questions to ask is who will do the work. These days, many welding contractors outsource their services and charge a premium for just filling out paperwork. You will need to find out how skilled and experienced the workers are.
This will impact the cost of your project as you most likely only pay for labor. The ideal welders should have some experience and be certified in welding. Many companies today hire the lowest skilled workers to do the job right the first time. It will cost you extra time and rework if you work with a contractor that hires cheap labor.
When it comes to your project, the big question is how long it will take. It may not be possible to answer this question accurately. The main thing to look out for is companies that refuse to give an answer or make excuses. Good companies will provide estimates that range from the worst to the best-case scenario.