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PPT on Hiring Home Improvement Contractors


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Title: PPT on Hiring Home Improvement Contractors

Reputable Contractors
  • offer exceptionally long guarantees.
  • ask you to pay for the entire job up-front.
  • suggest that you borrow money from a lender the
    contractor knows.
  • solicit door-to-door.
  • just happen to have materials left over from a
    previous job.
  • only accept cash payments.
  • ask you to get the required building permits.
  • do not list a business number in the local
    telephone directory.

Questions to Ask a Contractor
  • How long have you been in business?
  • Look for a well-established company and check it
    out with consumer protection officials.
  • No record of complaints against a particular
    contractor doesnt necessarily mean no previous
    consumer problems.

Questions to Ask a Contractor
  • licensed and registered
  • Not all states have some type of licensing and
    registration statutes affecting contractors,
    remodelers, and/or specialty contractors
  • The licensing can range from simple registration
    to a detailed qualification process.

Questions to Ask a Contractor
  • Projects you have completed in the last year
  • Ask for a list. This will help you determine how
    familiar the contractor is with your type of
  • Project require a permit?
  • Most states and localities require permits for
    building projects. A competent contractor will
    get all the necessary permits before starting
    work on your project.

Questions to Ask a Contractor
  • Using subcontractors on this project?
  • If yes, ask to meet them, and make sure they
    have current insurance coverage and licenses, if
  • Insurance do you carry?
  • Contractors should have personal liability,
    workers compensation, and property damage
    coverage. Ask for copies of insurance certificates

Questions to ask former customers
  • Can I visit your home to see the completed job?
  • Were you satisfied with the project?
  • Did the contractor keep you informed about the
    status of the project.
  • Did workers show up on time?
  • Would you recommend the contractor?
  • Would you use the contractor again?

Do not sign a contract if it does not include ..
  • The contractors name, address, phone number,
    and license number and all.
  • The payment schedule for the contractor,
    subcontractors and suppliers.
  • An estimated starting date and ending date.
  • Warranties covering materials and workmanship.

Do not sign a contract if it does not include ..
  • The contract or receipt must be dated, show the
    name and address of the seller, and explain your
    right to cancel.
  • Oral promises also should be added to the
    written contract.
  • Keep all paperwork related to your project in
    one place. This includes copies of the contract,
    change orders and correspondence with your home
    improvement professionals.

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