Having dealt with contractors for the last 7+ years, I’ve had both good and bad experiences.
Just like any other business… Ultimately, even if you take all necessary precautions you can’t 100% guarantee successful dealings. It’s about trial and error!
1.) Make sure they have the proper license:
2.) Check to see if they’re pulling permits for other jobs:
3.) Get several bids. Sounds obvious, but it truly does save to comparison shop! There’s something about healthy competition that’s good for everyone. Don’t know where to look for contractors? Google is your friend! If you’d like, I’d be happy to send you a list of a few contractors that I use – just send me an email (Jeff at ERA.com).
4.) Ask for a better deal… Like my dad always said, “You never know until you ask…”
5.) Don’t pay in full up front! I learned this one the hard way. If you’re looking to “un-motivate” someone to
do a job, pay before the work is finished. I understand in certain situations (roofing, re-piping, etc.) that a contractor will need a portion of the payment to purchase materials. But if someone starts asking for complete payment up front… Run!!
Until next time…