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What to look for when hiring a conractor

Whether you are doing a total renovation or simple upgrades, choosing the right contractor is an important decision. See our five tips below before you hire a contractor.

References – Consult the Better Business Bureau and your state’s consumer protection agency. Ideally, your contractor should have a solid reputation, is licensed and registered, has insurance (liability; worker’s comp) valid credentials and no disciplinary history.
Get bids – Once you’ve narrowed down the field of competent contractors, get bids from each candidate. Be wary of extremely low estimates.
Big picture – Remember you’re going to be spending a lot of time with the contractor you hire, so make sure you feel comfortable with their personality, background, methods, and communication skills.
Dotted line – Every project should have a detailed contract. Deadlines, project description, materials used, even the payment schedule should be listed.
Not so fast – Don’t pay a contractor more than 30% upfront. Make payments in increments that coincide with portion completion. Full payment should only be given when the project is complete.

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