Tips on FInding the Right Contractor

Tips on Finding The Right Contractor:

  • Always get at least three estimates. You’ll be amazed how different they can be.
  • Check with the Better Business Bureau about companies you’re considering. Request and check references.
  • Ask around: a solid recommendation from friends or family can be worth its weight in gold.
  • Don’t pay in advance. A deposit is acceptable. Make sure you make a check out to a company name, not an individual.
  • Resist high-pressure sales tactics and door-to-door salesman. There’s probably a reason they have to sell so hard.
  • Get a written contract that specifies the price, work to be done and a time frame.
  • Be careful of price gouging, especially in the immediate aftermath of a storm.
  • Pay by credit card, if possible: it may give you additional protection if there’s a problem. Otherwise, pay by check. Never pay cash.
  • Ensure that the contractor’s vehicle has signs or markings on it with the business name and phone number.
  • All estimates, warranties and promises must be put in writing on company letterhead.
  • Ask for proof that licenses and registrations are valid, teh contractor and any related trades people are bonded and third-party insurance and injury insurance is in place.

Most of all, TRUST YOUR GUT!

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