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How to Hire a Remodeling Contractor

Don’t forget when you are hiring a contractor that the very word “Contract” is in his title.  You should not hire anyone to remodel your home – whether it’s a big or small job – with having some form of written agreement.  Unless, of course, you are hiring your brother or sister to do the work and I’m sure there are those of you who would attest that a written agreement might be even more important in that case.  🙂

The National Association of the Remodeling industry has some tips which you can read at www.nari.org

The gist of it is that the more you spell out, the less chance there is for misunderstanding or disappointment later on. Some of the more vital points, in my opinion are that you should get the contractor’s full name, contact info, license and some evidence of his being insured.  In addition spell out as specifically as possible what the job will entail, what materials will be purchased, the approximate start and completion dates as well as the financial terms – including how much is expected up front and what, if any, intermediary payments will be due.

As is true with most people in most industries, the vast majority are honest, hard working and will put forth every effort to provide you with top quality service. I think you’ll find that most post-completion unhappiness on either side could have been avoided by clear communication at the outset.

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