Selecting a Contractor

Selecting a Professional Contractor can often be a difficult and frustrating task. The following guidelines will make the selection process easier, and ultimately result in satisfactory products and services.

Who - Check for a permanent place of business, telephone number, tax I.D. number. How long have they been in business?

History -  Check the company's trace record, check our references, and at least three completed projects by calling the owners.

Financial Capabilities - Your project can be liened by suppliers. Ask for potential suppliers of your job and make sure the contractor pays for all materials.

Insurance - Does the contractor carry liability insurance, or are they relying on your homeowner insurance?

Worker Compensation - Did you now that when you hire a contractor, if the contractor does not carry Workman's Compensation, you as the homeowner are responsible for the medical costs of the workman who is injured at your home? Make sure you see the worker's compensation certificate. and make sure it is current.

Price - Keep a healthy skepticism about the lowest bid. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Many fly-by-night operators seem attractive with their below cost bids, but are often uninsured and perform substandard work.

Written Quote - Make sure you receive a written proposal and examine it for a complete description of the work and materials to be used. Items such as protection of landscaping and clean-up schedules should be in writing. All details are important.

Workmanship - Have the contractor explain the project supervision and quality control procedures. Ask for copies of all materials and workmanship guarantees and warranties.