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12 Tips for Hiring a Remodeling Contractor

12 Tips for Hiring a Remodeling Contractor

1. Get at least three written estimates.

2. Get references and call to check on the work. If possible, go by and visit earlier jobs.

3. Check with the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau for complaints.

4. Be sure that the contract states exactly what is to be done and how change orders will be handled.

5. Make as small a downpayment as possible so you won’t lose a lot if the contractor fails to complete the job.

6. Be sure that the contractor has the necessary permits, licenses, and insurance.

7. Be sure that the contract states when the work will be completed and what recourse you have if it isn’t. Also remember that in many instances you can cancel a contract within three business days of signing it.

8. Ask if the contractor’s workers will do the entire job or whether subcontractors will do parts.

9. Get the contractor to indemnify you if work does not meet local building codes or regulations.

10. Be sure that the contract specifies the contractor will clean up after the job and be responsible for any damage.

11. Guarantee that materials used meet your specifications.

12. Don’t make the final payment until you’re satisfied with the work.

We are often asked for assistance in referring competent, economical, and local people and businesses. We have compiled a referral list of those we know, or those our clients have done business with and are satisfied with the value and the service they have received.

Disclaimer: Bella Casa Real Estate Group and its brokers do not have affiliated business relationships with these individuals or businesses. We do not receive any form of compensation for recommending their services. The only benefit we receive is knowing that our clients will be well-served by local, accountable professionals. It is our pleasure to refer these individuals and businesses on the basis of their exceptional past performance but we cannot guarantee anything in providing this reference guide. No one on our website can pay to have their information displayed; it is provided as a courtesy to them and for our clients on the basis of merit only. Anyone listed here will be removed when we believe they fail to live up to high standards of service, integrity, and value. Your comments are welcome –

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