7 Tips for Avoiding a Contractor Nightmare

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7 Tips for Avoiding a Contractor Nightmare

As a homeowner, it's your responsibility to conduct due diligence when you engage with a contractor, not only to ensure you get the results you want, but also to protect yourself from unwanted financial and legal liability.  Hiring a reliable and trustworthy contractor is one of the most important steps for your project. Hire the right one and you can relax knowing that your project is in good hands. Hire the wrong contractor and you could be in for a real-life horror story including an unfinished job, poor workmanship, liability for unpaid workers and onsite injuries.

Here are 7 tips for avoiding an unwanted disaster:

  Ask for referrals - check with friends, neighbors, trade associations, and home improvement stores for referrals.

•  Get three bids and evaluate them carefully - question the differences you see from one bid to the next, and question extremely low bids.

•  Do your homework - obtain the contractor's physical address, verify their telephone number and ask for references. 

•  Protect yourself - ask for proof of the contractor's license, liability insurance and worker's compensation insurance.

•  Ensure the necessary permits are obtained and paid for.

•  Avoid paying up front, and make the final payment once the work has been completed to your satisfaction.

•  Keep the estimates, permits and invoices for your project.  This information can be very helpful when you sell your home.

If you have questions about how your project will impact the value of your home or if you need a referral for licensed contractor (roofer, plumber, general contractor, electrician, etc.), I'm always here to provide you with excellent referrals.  Whether you're in Almaden, Cambrian, Willow Glen or beyond, I'm never more than a click or call away!

Lucinda Layton, Realtor®