Tuesday, August 3, 2010

10 Tips on Hiring a Contractor

10 Tips on Hiring a Contractor :: From the Maricopa Coutny Home Show Website

1. Only hire a licensed contractor: Interview and hire only State licensed contractors. Check a contractor’s license number online at www.azroc.gov or by calling 602-542-1525. Remember to check the license status again on the day you are scheduled to sign the contract even if you did so earlier. License status can change over night.

2. Get Bids: Get at least three bids from licensed contractors. These contractors should be licensed to perform the specific trades related to your project.

3. Licensed Subcontractors: Obtain a list of all sub-contractors that will be used on your project. Make sure these contractors are properly licensed.

4. Everything in Writing: Make sure all agreements are in writing including changes made to the original agreement.

5. Get & Verify References: Obtain three references of recent jobs from each bidder. Review their past work in person.

6. Detailed Records: Keep a file of all papers relating to the project including a payment receipt file.

7. Workers’ Compensation: Confirm that all contractors used on your project has workers’ compensation insurance for employees.

8. Payments Schedule: Add a payment schedule based on work completed to your agreement. Don’t make payments ahead of schedule or before work is completed according to your agreement.

9. Never Pay in Cash: Be cautious if asked to make a large down payment or to pay in full prior to the commencement of the project. Do not pay the contractor in cash.

10. Final Inspection: Don’t make the final payment (exception - pool contracts) until you’re satisfied with the work performed.

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