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Tips on Dealing With a Contractor (Spring 2006) << Back
 
Qualifying the Contractor:
   
1. Does the contractor have a license?  If not, your local inspections department may require the work be re-done by a licensed contractor at your expense.
   
2. Does the contractor have insurance?  If he does not have liability or worker’s compensation insurance, you could end up paying out of your own pocket for a loss.
   
3. How long has the contractor been in business?   The longer the better!
   
4. What is the contractor’s street address?  Try to avoid contractors with just a PO Box.  Try to visit his office if you can.
   
5. Can the contractor provide you with a list of references?  Ask to see a list of satisfied customers, with at a minimum, their phone numbers.
   
The Work
 
1. Will the contractor obtain the required permits?  Make sure that he does!
   
2. Will the contractor guarantee all materials and workmanship?  Be sure your contract states any warranties provided by the contractor against defects in workmanship.  Additionally, the warranty should state the period of time covered.  For example, a new roof might carry a ten year warranty.
   
3. Who cleans up after the job is finished?  If the contractor agrees to do so, then it should be part of the contract.
   
4. What is the exact schedule of payments to be made?  Your written contract should spell out the exact schedule of payments to be made.  As a rule, your payment schedule should be based on a percentage of the work done.
   
   
   
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