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How to Guide for selecting a contractor and best practices.
Hiring a Contractor 101
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Do your homework
When it comes to successful home renovation projects, choosing the right contractor for the job is crucial. Whether your looking for Roofing Contractors, Siding Contractors, Plumbing Contractors, Pool Contractors, Concrete Contractors, Flooring Contractors, HVAC Contractors, Painting Contractors, Cabinet Builders or Home Builders you have to use an intense screening process or things could end very wrong.
Any contractor who does not provide you with a written estimate should be crossed off your list immediately.
Written estimates protect you from misunderstandings and surprises when the final bill is tallied.
Always ask the contractor what your liability will be if the job ends up costing them more to complete the project than they anticipated when the estimate is written.
The last thing you want is an unlicensed crew working on your property without propper insurance. This happens all the time, however it can be avoided very easily. Just because the contractor says they are licensed and insured doesn't shelter you from liability if in fact they are not and something happens.
Request proof of insurance (Workmans Compensation) and the legal business name that is listed with your city's Contractors Licensing Board
Look up the contractor in the local Better Business Bureau, even if the company is not listed with the BBB as a subscribing member they may have received complaints on the contractor in the past.
Any contractor that operates with high integrity doesn't mind sharing with you referrals of past jobs. Simply ask for the names of the last 3 people that they worked with. If the contractor doesn't provide at least 3 referrals you should cross them off your list immediately.
People don't mind sharing this information so call the referrals and ask questions like:
Were you pleased with the work?
Did they stay within budget?
Did they finish the job on time?
Would you use this contractor again?
Are you related to the contractor or anyone who works for them?
If the questions above are answered to your satisfaction you should have a strong candidate for the job.
Before the project is started make sure you have a signed contract which thoroughly defines the work to be done, all costs, start date and a completion date.
Signing a contract helps eliminate misunderstandings on what actual work is to be completed, over charging and project completion taking longer than you had planned.
Getting Multiple Bids
Competition is good. When you first meet with a contractor let them know right away that you are shopping multiple bids. When contractors know up front that you are getting multiple bids you are more likely to get their best price.
Don't be over Eager
Ok so you're psyched about the new hardwood floor and want to get it laid as quick as possible; slow down and do your homework.
Avoid signing a contract on the first meeting with a contractor. Sometimes you just click with the sales person, and they will almost always push to get the deal closed right away, after all, they are sales people.
You have multiple bids now what?
Narrow your list down to 2 contractors, check credentials, referrals, compare the estimates and make your decision. Remember cheapest is not always the best.
Ok now your ready!
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