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Issues When Hiring a Contractor

Oct 12, 2007
Hiring a contractor to build your new house or remodel it may be one of the most important decisions that you will ever make, so it needs to be done right the first time. There are a few things that anyone considering having a home built for them need to know before even beginning to search for the contractor that will be in their life for many months to come.

The first thing you need to know about hiring a contractor is the fact that this person will be a constant part of your life for the next few months or however long it takes to complete the house. You need to be able to get along with this person and stand to be around them. Talk with them not only on the phone, but also in person to really get an idea of who they are and what they are all about. Talking to them in person will give you the benefit of a gut feeling about whether you will get along with them or not.

The second thing is that you need to find out if the contractor that you are interested in is licensed or not. Their license should be current and there should be no claims made against it.

You also need to find out if the contractor you want to hire is properly insured and that he or she will allow you to have copies of their insurance policies. This will give you the peace of mind that if any of the crew is injured while working on your home, you are not liable in any way, since they will be on your property.

You also need to be prepared to talk to some of the contractor's past clients to get an idea of what quality their work is. You will want to ask whether there have been any mold or water damage issues with the property since it was built.

Another issue you may face with your contractor if you are not having an entire home built, but simply a renovation or remodeling in one or two rooms, is the fact that the contractor and his crew will be in and out of your house. You will want to sit down with your spouse and figure out exactly when the work day will begin for the crew and what time it will end. Having small children in the house during the project is not a great idea, so you may want to have the children somewhere else during this time.
About the Author
Jim Corkern is a writer and promoter of quality
Miami Residential Water Damage Restoration Contractors and
Orlando water Damage companies.
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