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Home Remodeling Contractors
Before selecting a home remodeling contractor, you should give careful thought to the entire project from start to finish. Determine what will meet your needs and what you want the completed job to look like. Be specific in explaining to the contractor what you want and require.
The BBB suggests that you solicit at least two bids for the remodeling work you are planning. Do not automatically accept the lowest offer. Make sure all bids are based on the same set of specifications and materials to be used. Ask for local references and call them to see if they were satisfied with the contractor's work. When possible, inspect the finished projects.
Check to see if the contractor is a member of a professional association which has standards for members. Make sure the contractor is in compliance with all local licensing, bonding, and insurance requirements, and that any necessary building permits are obtained. Read the contract very carefully before signing. All agreements should be put in writing. Get all oral promises in writing and specify exactly what the contractor will and will not do. If you have questions or do not understand something on the contract, ask questions and obtain answers before signing the contract. Never sign a blank or incomplete contract. Get a copy of the contract as soon as you sign it and keep a copy for your records. The contract should also include: * the contractor's full name, company name, street address, and telephone number. * a thorough description of the work to be done, specifying all materials that will be used. * The agreed starting and completion dates. * Total cost for the project. * Your payment schedule. * Any warranties and guarantees on workmanship and/or materials * An agreement by the contractor to obtain necessary permits. * The method for protection of household goods and provisions for clean up and removal of debris and materials. * If changes are made, be sure to put these changes in writing. Consumers should not sign a completion certificate or make final payment for the job before it has been inspected and properly completed per the contract.