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Hiring a Good Contractor

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Finding the right contractor is a very important part of any construction project. A good contractor will save time and money in the long run. A bad contractor can bring an endless headache. This is a guide to hiring a good contractor.


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August 11, 20111 found this helpful

Finding a good contractor is important. You want the work that they do to not only look good but be durable and safe. Here are a few tips to finding a good contractor:

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May 12, 2006

We recently went through renovating our kitchen, due to a fire. Here a some great tips I would like to pass along on any room you are renovating, when using a contractor.

Know What You Want

Before you sit down with a contractor, list exactly what you want your project to include. Put items you must have (your needs) at the top of your list and those that aren't necessities (your wants) below, so that you can get a base rate for the project and add as your budget allows.

Get Two or Three Bids

You'll never know if you're getting a good price unless you ask several contractors what your project will cost. Be sure to ask each to bid on the same job-otherwise, you'll never get an oranges-to-oranges comparison. And make certain anyone you consider has the proper liability insurance.


Put It in Writing

Once you've chosen a contractor, get all the details on paper. Include what will and won't be done (such as protecting the property around the job site). Specify materials to be used right down to the brand of paint. And settle on a start and estimated completion date. Any changes to the original contract through the course of the job should be put in writing and initialed by both parties.

By Bobbie G from Rockwall, TX

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May 12, 20060 found this helpful

I have one tip to add: make sure, before the job starts, that you know who is responsible for removing all of the trash. We hired a contractor to work on our siding and did not know that we were responsible for getting a dumpster for trash removable. They were going to put it on our curb for trash pick-up, but our city would not take it unless it was in a dumpster. Just something to think about.

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November 16, 2009

Does anyone know someone in Columbia, SC that does construction work and needs work but will not be a rip off? We have been in our house for 40 plus years and need a lot of work done.

By Brenda from Columbia, SC

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November 17, 20090 found this helpful

You're best bet is to call 'at least' a half dozen 'licensed' company's in the phone book, get written bids from each of them and then check each one out through the licensing board and the better business bureau before deciding who to hire even if someone here at TF or a local neighbor gives you a 'recommendation'! Am speaking from experience!

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November 24, 20090 found this helpful

Try this contractor association.

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December 3, 20090 found this helpful

And always get the estimate in writing with a stipulation that there are no extra charges unless you agree to them in writing first. Also, try out a new contractor on a small project first so you see how the relationship goes.

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