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How to Hire Home Improvement Contractors

How to Hire Home Improvement Contractors

When you think about hiring home improvement contractors there are

a few things you need to look into. Remember, you are going to allow people

into your home, sometimes when you are not going to be there, and you shouldnt

have to worry about what they are doing when youre not around. The vast

majority of home remodeling contractors

are honest and use only the best workers; there are a few questions you will

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From your initial considerations

you should look into at least three companies that do the work you are looking

to have done. References from friends, family and neighbors that may have

experience with a home remodeling

contractor can be good source of ideas.

Once you narrow down the list of

companies for home remodeling and repair

work look at their past history. Check with the Better Business Bureau in your

area to learn more about each company. You will want to get at least three

estimates for the work, but dont only look at the overall cost. Compare the

cost of materials, labor, the warranty and the time estimated for the project

to take and compare each part of the cost.

You will also want to make sure

the company is insured against damages to your home or property and that you

are protected against any such loss. Even if the company shows you an insurance

certificate you may want to check with the states department of insurance to

verify it is still valid. No matter how good they look on paper, get references

from at least three recent projects. Dont be afraid to call those references.

You dont want to sign a contract from a home

improvement contractor that just happens to be working in the neighborhood.

Never allow work to begin without

having a signed contract. Honest home

improvement contractors will not start unless one is signed but more

importantly, make sure every aspect of the work to be done is covered by the

contract. Read the fine print. Any building

contractor that wants more than 33 percent of the cost up front can be a

red flag. Never pay in cash. The final payment should not be made until you are

satisfied that all specifics in the contract has been fulfilled.

Be sure to get all warranty

promises in writing on each of the products being installed by the home improvement contractors. You will

also want assurances that all employees of the contractor are bonded to protect

against theft or property damage.

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