Need a contractor, here are a few tips.

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Caron's Gateway Real Estate NH #054318

We all have nightmare stories of jobs gone wrong at our home or a friends or relatives home with contracted jobs not going as planned.  Here a few few tips that might hope things go more smoothly the next time.
 
1) Ask friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers for contractor referals.  They will only give names of people they have had good experiences with.
 
2) Contact your local builders Associate.  Most areas have them attend one of their meetings and get to know them, or ask the association for the names of members who do the kind of work you need completed.
 
3) Ask the contractor for references of people he/she has completed similar projects for.  If they will not provide you with some, don't hire this one!
 
4) Ask for a copy of their insurance coverage and certificates or licenses if they are in need of licensing in your state.
 
5) Get several written estimates, remember to compare apples to apples...
 
6) Ask for guarentees and get them in writing.
 
7) Agree on start dates and completion dates for your project and have them in the contract.
 
Best wishes with your spring and summer construction projects.

Comments (4)

Jennifer Polansky
Realty One Group - Goodyear, AZ
TOP 1% of Realtors in Phoenix, Arizona

Working with multiple investors you really learn to respect when you can get good quality contractors that show up when promised, etc... Having the right people makes all the difference in the world.  Thanks for the post!

Aug 02, 2012 12:42 AM
James A. Browning
Browning Real Estate School/REO Institute - International, IT
MRE REOCertified(R) SSCertified

Hello Don, thanks for the  & tips information on your post. Please, join our group on LinkedIn, ‘REO Institute’. We share Real Estate information regarding market trends, Short Sales, BPOs, REOs, OREs, BOVs, ideas, Education/Training, and Commercial Education. We value you your comments, ideas, and opinions about the Real Estate Industry. Thanks, James

Aug 03, 2012 01:24 AM
James A. Browning
Browning Real Estate School/REO Institute - International, IT
MRE REOCertified(R) SSCertified

Diane, my mistake, sorry!

Aug 03, 2012 01:25 AM
Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

Thanks for reading and commenting I will check out the Reo institute 

 

Aug 03, 2012 04:41 AM