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Home Repair Advice Informative - The Art Of Hiring A Contractor

Review by HomeRepairNetPro on 2007-08-02
MASSACHUSETTS -- I would like to discuss Home improvement contractors. In a prior life, I was a home improvement contractor for a number of years and have experienced situations from the other side as a contractor. There are things that a homeowner can look for when hiring a contractor. These things are obvious. First, notice punctuality, Secondly, look at the vehicle that the contractor arrives in. Is it in disrepair? Think about it a contractor that cares about his business would invest in a vehicle that shows he is serious about business. Now I am not saying he has to show up in a 50,000.00-dollar vehicle. It should be presentable. Next, does he shake your hand when introducing himself? Ask questions, look for tell tale signs. References, a good contractor has a following. Is he licensed? Is he insured? Taking time to notice these things should help in your decision in hiring a home improvement contractor.

Remember there are good contractors out there sometimes all you need to do is ask questions. Only you the homeowner can avoid hiring a wannabe contractor.
Comments:2 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-08-02
Posted by MRM on 2007-08-02:
Thank you for taking the time to inform your readers on how to find a good contractor.
Posted by mangomaiden on 2007-08-02:
This is great advice! I work for a commercial contractor, and in addition to the above I'd like to add a couple more things: 1) Make sure the contractor is bondable and find out what the per project and aggregate limits are. This is can be an important measure in determining the contractor's financial stability. A lien can be put on your property if your contractor is not paying his subcontractors in a timely manner due to cash flow issues; 2) Ask about the contractor's backlog on his current jobs in progress. Too often, contractors will spread themselves thin and not have enough manpower to complete the work on your property in a timely manner; 3) Get references! You might also want to research the contractor with your state's department of labor licensing and regulations and your state's department of consumer affairs.. or even the BBB.

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