Tips for choosing a Contractor

  1. Is the contractor licensed and insured? Contractors listed on our website are licensed and insured.   However, please note, those items do expire, and it is up to each homeowner to be sure the contractor is current with his/her business license and insurance.
  2.  Will the contractor provide you a list of references with telephone numbers? Once you have this list, follow up, call previous clients and see if they were happy. -Any contractors listed on this site are contractors our agents have dealt with first hand, and were impressed with.
  3.  Does the contractor take on jobs of your size? Is your job too large or too small? Some contractors specialize in large jobs, while others use the old phrase “no job is too small”, so check with the contractor to see if your job is too large or too small for the way their company is set up or the manpower they have available to them.
  4.  How many other projects do they have going on at the same time, and will that impact the projected finish date of your project?
  5.  Will they use any subcontractors, or will they be completing the job themselves? If they use subs, will they guarantee the work, and that the subcontractor is licensed and insured? How many times have they used this subcontractor in the past?
  6. Get everything in WRITING. This protects you, as well as the contractor. The contract should include a payment schedule, a start date and projected completion date, specific materials and products to be used, and on large jobs request a requirement in the contract that the contractor obtain lien releases (which protects you if he doesn’t pay his bills) from all subcontractors and suppliers.

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