BEFORE YOU START
- Remember the three most important words in our industry: References, References, References!
- Always call a licensed, insured professional. An established company with a good reputation is a successful formula for a quality job.
- Rule of thumb: If you don’t receive a return call by the third attempt, it is time to call someone else.
- Ask the contractor for the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and dates of the last five jobs he or she has completed. It is important to call at least three references.
- Put your job specifications and plans in writing to make sure you have communicated the details of the project to all prospective contractors.
- Hire the contractor that is most qualified to do the work. Don’t focus on price alone, extremely inexpensive contractors have the highest rate of failure.
- Ask for proposals in writing, to include a detailed job description, special materials, and payment requirements. Upon acceptance of the proposal, both parties should sign a completed contract.
- Request a copy of the Contractor’s Liability and Worker’s Compensation Insurance before the job is started.
- State law allows a maximum of 1/3 deposit, except for the cost of any special order items.
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