Finding the right contractor can save you not only time and money, but headaches. While the process may seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips for streamlining the selection process and ensuring you hire the right contractor the first time:
- Get at least three written estimates from companies doing business in your local area.
- Check references carefully. Try to see projects the contractor has already completed.
- If your state requires contractors to be licensed, ensure that the license is active. The licensing agency may also be able to tell you whether any complaints have been filed against the contractor.
- Ask the contractor for proof of insurance. Most states require not only liability insurance but also coverage for workers compensation and property damage.
- Contact your local Better Business Bureau or consumer affairs office to make sure there have been no prior problems or complaints.
- Once you’ve selected a contractor, make sure the contract is in writing and clearly spells out all necessary terms, including, but not limited to, price, payment schedule, start date, completion date and the scope of the project.
- Make sure the contractor obtains all necessary permits. If he says he can save you money by doing the project without a permit, show him the door.
- Guarantee that the materials the contractor will use meet your specifications.
- Hold back the final payment until all work is completed in accordance with the contract and to your satisfaction.
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