Monday, April 24, 2006

Doing Home Improvements?

If you've got some home improvement plans, chances are, you're looking to hire a competent contractor. Here's a few suggestions:
  • Ask for referrals from friends and neighbors - first hand knowledge of craftsmanship and work habits is crucial.
  • Check the Better Business Bureau online or call the Chamber of Commerce - How long have the company been in service and are there any complaints or suits filed.
  • Ask for references - talking to past customers can give surprising results sometimes.
  • Ask for a written estimate - no surprises here.
  • Check to make sure their license is current - make sure it hasn't been suspended for any reason. You can go to
  • Ask about Liability Insurance - you don't want your homeowners policy to be the only protection.
  • Also make sure they have Workers Compensation Insurance - you, the homeowner, could be held responsible if the one of the workers are injured while working on your house.

It's a little more work, but well worth the time.

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