How to Pick the Right Contractor

Shopping for an honest contractor can be a challenge. Here are some things to look for.

  • Always get at least 3 bids. But, remember the lowest bid is not always the best. Make sure each contractor is bidding what you asked for.
  • Make sure they are licensed contractors.
  • Ask for references.
  • A contractor should never ask you to obtain a permit.
  • If the job is over $2,500.00 a notice of commencement must be filed. The contractor should take care of this for you.
  • Get everything in writing and make sure all changes are in writing also.
  • Ask for a certificate of insurance.
  • Never give a large deposit.
  • Wait for an inspection to give final payment.
  • Be leery of the contractor that must have an answer right away or who will discount if you sign a contract that day.
  • If you find a contractor you are comfortable with, but the price isn’t right, let me know. A good contractor will work with you and try to come up with different options to fit your budget and needs.


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