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How to choose a home contractor

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Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 1:54 pm | Updated: 2:10 pm, Fri Sep 19, 2014.

Purchasing a home is the single largest investment a consumer can make. For this reason, it is important to make sure that your home is properly maintained and the right repairs are performed when problems arise.

Selecting the right home repair professional to handle these issues is a key to protecting your investment. However, when it comes to hiring the repair contractors for their home, many people put very little time or effort into their selection process to avoid the frustration that this process can cause.

Researching Your Home Contractors before Hiring

A thorough research on the home contractors that you are planning to hire to perform your home maintenance and repair projects will help to insure that you are selecting the right person or company for the job.

Once you have located a contractor for the job, you should set up a consultation with them. During this consultation you will find out most of what you need to make a well-established and knowledgeable decision on whether or not this is the contractor that can handle your maintenance and repairs.

ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

-- How much experience do you have in this business?

-- When hired for a job, who performs the work?

-- Ask to see the contractor’s license.

-- Ask to see the insurance certificates that the contractor has.

GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING

There are many homeowners that get stuck paying for unexpected expenses when a contractor has completed their maintenance or repair projects.

This can be avoided by asking the contractor for a written estimate explaining in detail all of the fees, expenses and costs that you will be responsible for when their job is finished.

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