- Plan Your Project
- Get 2-3 Estimates
- Verify Contractor's License
- Check References
- Require a Written Contract
- Make a Small Down Payment
- Pay as Work is Completed
- Monitor Job in progress
- Final Payment after Completion
- Keep All Paperwork
Detail out what you want done and who you will need to complete it. No two projects are the same and may require a specially licensed contractor.
When comparing estimates from different contractors, don't just compare the bottom line cost. Look at the cost and quality of materials for each one. Be sure the estimate includes the total price, the materials to be used, a time table for payments and the expected time line for completion of work.
Get proof that the contractor you may be working with is licensed.
You can find information about licensed contractors in Jefferson County here.
Ask your contractor for three references in writing. When speaking with the references ask if the contractor kept to the schedule and if they were satisfied with the work performed.
The contract should be a detailed description of the work to be done, the material to be used and equipment to be installed. Be sure there is a schedule of payments and a timeline when work will be completed.
The down payment you should pay in order for work to begin should be minimal.
Set up payment schedule that follows the amount of work completed. Do not pay cash.
Check the progress of the work regularly. Any and all permits should be displayed by the contractor while the work is being performed.
Before making the final payment, make sure that you are satisfied with the completed work.
Be sure to keep a file of all the papers and documents that pertain to your project. This includes all correspondence and payments to your contractor.