About this pro
- 904 Philadelphia Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
|Business Categories||Engineers in Upper Marlboro, MD|
Business Hours Please call to confirm
Monday 8AM - 6PM
Tuesday 8AM - 6PM
Wed 8AM - 6PM
Thursday 8AM - 6PM
Friday 8AM - 6PM
Saturday 8AM - 6PM
Best Questions to Ask an Engineer Contractor
Are you insured and/or bonded for Engineers?
You'll certainly want to ask them this. Steer clear of any company that is not insured in Maryland, because that means that any incidental damage they may do on your property will be a real hassle to recover compensation for. It is never wise to work with uninsured tradesmen of any kind. Most states also require that someone have insurance in order to be issued a trade license. If they say they're licensed but not insured, they're being less than truthful.
Does the Engineers job require permits? If so, will you be pulling them yourself?
Many jobs in Maryland will require municipal permits in order to be approved by the town's inspector. It's always good to ask who will be responsible for pulling those permits, and if you'll be expected to do it. You'll almost never be told to pull your own, but knowing that Upper Marlboro Engineers permits are required makes you appear to be a well informed customer.
How long have you been in Engineers business for/How long have been serving the Upper Marlboro area?
You'll always want to ask how long the company has been in business in Upper Marlboro. While this isn't a guarantee that the company will do good work, companies with longevity on their side must be doing something right. That being said, there are newer companies that do great work. If the company is under three years old, ask where the owner was employed before and for how long. If he/she has a long history of employment, it's reasonable to infer that he or she decided to go into business for themselves after so many years of experience.
Is your bill for Engineers in Upper Marlboro an estimate or a final price?
This is very important, since an estimate is just that. Many contractors will submit a "paper estimate", meaning they've written the estimate down on paper. The bill is the true amount owed and will almost always say "Invoice" or "Bill" at the top of the page. The bill should also list the date it was issued, the due date of payment, and a list of services rendered.
Are you union or non-union?
This really only matters if you have a preference, but it is good to ask. If you have a strong ideological belief about unions or nonunions, it's perfectly acceptable to make a decision based on the preference.