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How to Find and Hire a Good Contractor

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Your Contractor Check-List

There is no denying that the best way of finding a good contractor is by word of mouth. Friends or family who have tried and tested any service will always have a personal experience and recommendation they can offer you.

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The next best and easiest way to find reputable contractors is to find a reliable online service that offers trusted customer ratings. These reputable sites should have already done some groundwork for you like providing access to licensed local contractors… without a fee!  (FYI no fees here!  www.contractoreasy.com/get-quotes)

Here are 8 steps to get yourself started the right way.

1.  Get multiple Quotes & Estimates: For extensive remodeling get the quotes in writing. You can easily compare bids and choose accordingly. (Don’t forget to do your research on any subcontractors you may need to use as well.)

2.  References: It will give you peace of mind to hear from other clients how competent the contractors work is. Ask them for a list!

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3.  Contractor Insurance: Ask to see current certificates for; Worker’s compensation, personal liability, and property damage coverage insurance.

4.  Permits:  Make sure your contractor will get all the necessary permits if required.

5.  Time line: Get an estimated start and finish date.  (Inspect and approve the completed work before you make final payment.) 

6.  Payment: It is safer not to pay cash, but rather pay by checks or credit card even for smaller projects. As a safety net, have a written contract or agreement for the payment schedule for the completion of each section. 7You have the right to re-negotiate and be informed if the project is going to exceed the estimated amount. It is also vital you get confirmation from subcontractors and suppliers that their bills have been paid in full before you make the final payment. (Ask for a lien release or lien waiver)

7.  The Broom Clause: You won’t regret asking the contractor to be responsible for  the cleanup work involved after remodeling is complete.

8.  Receipts & Records: Keep copies of change orders, contracts, manufacturer warranties, project progress photos, correspondence and receipt of all payments.

We hope that your home improvement projects go smoothly and you have the best possible experience. Finding a great contractor that understands your needs and does their best to please you is like finding gold! Remember to reward them by recommending their services to friends and family…and don’t forget to give them a 5 star rating!

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4 Ultimate Home Improvement Gifts

Looking for a gift that just keeps on giving? Let me introduce you to ContractorEasy’s Top 4 gifts!

For the Ladies:

  1. Luxury Spa Style Bathroom Make-over: Transform your bathroom into a ultimate relaxation space that you can enjoy for a lifetime. From extra-deep soaking tubs, flawless tiles, new luxury vanity fixtures and a waterfall shower head; no one is going to regret this remodeling expenditure.
  2. Custom Kitchen Cabinets: Her kitchen the way she wants it! Let her have some creative freedom to redesign those kitchen cabinets to work just the way she needs them to.

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For the Men:

  1. Man Cave: Prepare to blow his mind with a custom designed space to let him chill out and unwind.  A basement transformation or a garage remodel: The possibilities are endless with what you can do in a room to make it feel manly and a fun place to hang out.
  2. Customized Hobby Storage: Get that cabinet or display case custom made for his own personal stuff. Whatever his collectables are: movies, model cars, guns, sports fan collectibles: Help him show it off with some custom made cabinets and make him proud!

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Our advice: Get multiple quotes from reputable local contractors and set your budget to fit what works best for your Valentine remodeling plans!

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