Contracting a Contractor
Ask friends and neighbors for referrals of contractors who do quality work.
- Seek established contractors. Do they have a website? Phone book ad? How many years of experience?
- Obtain estimates from at least three contractors.
- Get all estimates in writing.
- Contact your local Better Business Bureau to check out contractors from whom you obtain estimates.
- Insist on a written contract that outlines your entire agreement, including starting and completion dates.
- Make sure there are no blank spaces on anything you sign.
- Insist on a written warranty on all materials and work.
- Inspect all work performed by the contractor before signing a completion certificate.
- Withhold final payment until the entire project is finished and inspected.
- Report any misrepresentations, shoddy work, failure to honor contracts, unlicensed contractors or other problems to the appropriate licensing board.
For further tips click here to visit the Federal Trade Commission’s web page on the topic. If you have questions or problems with a building contractor contact Attorney John O’Neal for a free consultation.