How to Choose a Good Contractor

There are several reasons why to take some time to choose the right contractor. Here’s a clip from a popular DIY Network show that deals with people who have been victims of shoddy work done on their home:

As you see, an experience like this can be devastating emotionally and financially.

With that in mind, here’s several homework items to consider when hiring a contractor for your next project:

  • Get a referral from a friend.
  • Check on the contractor’s licenses, if applicable.
  • Get all estimates, warranties and guarantees IN WRITING.
  • Check out their rating with the local Better Business Bureau.
  • Ask for references from previous completed jobs.
  • How long have they been in business?
  • If they ask for cash, find someone else.
  • Never hire a out of town contractor if at all possible.
  • Check to make sure they are insured and bonded properly.

Performing all, or at least most of these, will insure that you will be hiring a reputable contractor.

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