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maintEnancE Advice contractor

Employinga maintenanCe

London 1Stop offers some tips for finding the rightmaintenance contractor

A mAintenAnce contrActor is someone whoishired to complete aspecificproject or task. This person is not anemployee, but hiredasanindependent business.Themost common reason forhiringamaintenance contractor is in order to carryout ashort-term projectorrepairthatrequiresaveryspecific

skillset,for example: electricians–whomust be qualifiedtomeet

the task ie NIC EIC Gasengineers–whomust be registered “gas safe” engineers

Hiringa ContraCtor Once youhavedoneyourresearch, interview each contractor you’re considering. Here are

somequestions to ask. nHowlonghaveyou beeninbusiness? Look forawell-established companyand checkit outwithconsumerprotectionofficials.They cantellyou if thereare unresolved consumer

complaints on file. nAreyou qualifiedand registeredtodo this type of work?Ask fordetails of all

qualifications. nHowmanyprojects likeourshaveyou completed in the last year? Ask for a list. This will help you determine howfamiliar the

contractor is with your type of project. nMaywehavealistofreferences?The contractor should be able to give youthe names, addresses,and phonenumbers of at least three clientswho have projects similar to yours. Ask each howlong ago the project was

completedand if youcan seeit. nWhat typesofinsurance do youcarry? Contractorsshouldhave appropriate insuranceto coverpublicliability, worker’s compensation, andproperty damage coverage.Ask for copies of insurance certificates, and make sure they’re

current. Avoid doingbusinesswith contractorswho don’t

carrythe appropriate insurance.

referenCes Talk with someof the Contactors’ former customers. They can help you decide if a particular contractor is rightfor you. Youmay

want to ask: nCan we visit to see the completed work? nWere yousatisfiedwiththe projectand was

it completed on time? nDidthe contractor keep youinformedabout thestatusofthe project, andany problems

along the way? nWere thereunexpectedcosts? If so,what

were they? nDidworkers show up on time?Did they

clean up after finishing the job? nWouldyou recommendthe contractor? nWould you use the contractor again?

WrittenContraCts Ask for a written contract or supply one

maintenancecontractor is in ordertocarry outa short-termproject

It helps to know the right

questions to ask

themostcommon reason for hiringa

London1Stopisaleadingfacilities managementcompany,operatingacross aportfolio ofresidentialandcommercial propertiesofall sizesinLondon.Drawing onourconsiderable industryexpertise, wetakegreatpridein offeringdependable propertymaintenanceandmanagement servicesto allourvaluedclients.We ensureoutstandinglevelsofqualityby usingthefinesthand-pickedtradespeople andprofessionals,andourcost-effective servicesareavailabletoleaseholders, landlords,owners,blockmanagement agentsandresidentialmanagement companies.

London1 Stop tel 02073949748 email

with your requirements.Acontractspells outthe ‘who,what,where,when’and cost of your project. The agreement should be clear, conciseand complete.Beforeyou signacontract,make sure itmeetsall your requirements.

WHat if sometHing

goesWrong? Manymanaging agents,RMCsand individuals nowemployarange of firmscovering thefull spectrumfrommajor building companies to self-employedmaintenance people. As bona-

fide contractors running theirownbusiness, they should carrytheirownliability insuranceand this should be checkedbyyou,asthe client,at theoutset of anynewcontract. Where thesamecontractoris used on acontinuingbasis, theinsurance covershould be checkedannually. Whenchecking, it isimportanttobe certain that theliability coverextends to include the activities to beundertaken. Where an individual is

working on a full timebasis, but is treated as self-employed purely forthe purposes of PAYE, they will be treatedbyinsurersasan employee. By doing this, not only will the correctemployers’ liability insurancebeinplace,but your public liability coverwillextend to include any claims arising fromthe actions of the self- employed person. To read this articlein

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