7 Tips for Hiring a Contractor
KNOW WHAT YOU WANT- Determine in as much detail as you can what you want to have done and what you can afford.
WRITE IT DOWN- Prepare a written bid sheet for the contractors to refer to when they arrive. Include clear start and completion dates.
SOLICIT BIDS- Obtain the names of at least three contractors who do the type of work you’re interested in having done and schedule a time to meet with them.
GET VERIFICATION- Find out who the contractor is, how long they have been in business and that all his business papers are in order.
TALK WITH OTHERS- Check references. Ask about the contractor’s quality, professionalism and timeliness. Arrange to see some past work if you can.
COMPARE THE BIDS- When all bids have come in, compare for price, completeness and duration/coverage of warranty.
SELECT THE CONTRACTOR- Make a selection based on compatibility, competence and price; and make sure you and your contractor are a good team!
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