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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:
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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I am single, in my 40s, and disabled. I have a very low income. Does anyone know of a construction company or general contractor that has home building knowledge and experience that would be willing to help me build a small house in Brookings, Oregon at a low cost?
I would contact HUD.org or Habitat for Humanity.
I am assuming you own your own property and would like someone to build you a new home. There are programs that will help with this but you would have to qualify. You say you are disabled with a low income so you may qualify. Are you presently on any government assisted programs? Food stamps? SSI or SSDI? This type of assistance usually means you have a better chance of qualifying.
Habitat may not be in your immediate area but that would not stop them from helping you. Here are a couple of sites that you can complete inquires and someone should contact you if they need further information or maybe call you.
I would just like to add that you can contact the American Hope Resources in your area. They are there to help find you financial resources, assistance programs and other benefits.
Most definitely try HUD, or Habitat for Humanity, or even check your local recources for information and/or recommendation. Yes you may have to prove your low income status, but that is far better than many other options. My brother recently tried to find someone "cheap" using Facebook when needing to remodel after a house fire.
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
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!
Try this contractor association. http://www.nari.org
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.