a Contractor Reasons to hire a
contractor vary, from remodeling, repairs, additions and maybe just trying to
get your home on the market. 1.
for referrals. Ask friends and
family members for recommendations. You
will also find contractors on newspaper ads or online. A minimum of 3 should be reviewed and if you
are still not satisfied, keep looking.
Once you identify potential contractors, meet them in person and try to
get all relevant information that will apply to your scope of work. Are they subcontracting some of their
work? Are the subcontractors also certified and licensed? Will they be working on other jobs
at the same time? 2.
them to give a list of prior customers and ask if you may contact them. Ask prior customers what
they liked and disliked about the contractor.
His/her work ethics, employees, satisfaction of overall job. Try to see completed work when you contact
the contractors’ references. Ask to see photos of jobs similar to the work you
want to have done. Do a little reputation research. Check for complaints
online, with the Better Business Bureau and with local chambers of commerce. If
the contractor has jobs in progress, go by the site and check out how the
project is being managed. Choose a specialist. Look for contractors who have
experience specific to you project. They will be familiar with the current
code and permitting requirements. A specialist will likely know how they get
quality materials at the best price and pass the savings on to you. 3.
them out – Do a little
reputation research. Check for complaints online, with the Better Business
Bureau and with local chambers of commerce. If the contractor has jobs in
progress, go by the site and check out how the project is being managed. 4.
your own research before calling contractors – Not getting the right permits can cause major problems. The
contractor should take care of getting the proper permits before starting the
job. However, you will want to do your own research. Make some phone calls to
find out what permits are required for your particular project. 5.
they licensed, bonded and insured – Verify that contractors have current and valid licenses, as
well as being bonded and insured. Ask for a copy of their license or the
license number and proof of insurance. Contact the appropriate agencies to
confirm validity. 6.
a signed contract – Always! Before
signing, make sure you have a complete contract that details the scope of the
project, specific materials to be used, itemized costs, payment schedules and
projected timeline. The contract should also include information about
insurance and liability, mechanic’s liens, and complete copies of the plans to
be used. You’ll want to make sure any changes are also put in writing and
signed. Pay attention to boxes that may
have to be checked and do not leave any blank spaces. Use N/A if it does not apply. 7.
Do not pay total amount upfront. 25 to 30 percent at the start. Half at midpoint. Then once all work is completed, pay remaining
amount. Of course, these percentages don’t
have to apply, just use them as a reference.
Author:David McKay Phone: 915-740-3632 Dated: November 26th 2013 Views: 3,015 About David: I have been with Exit West Realty since 2010 and prior to that have had 14 years of sales experience...
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