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If you are facing a large or even a small remodeling job for your existing home, you will only want to undertake it yourself if you know what you’re doing! Since most of us don’t have a clue about where to start or what to do, we need to choose a building company to handle the project for us.

Choosing the right building contractor

Ask your family, your friends, your coworkers!

wedxdrfOften, the best recommendation is one that comes from someone we know and trust. If you know someone who has had a good experience with a contractor recently, he or she will no doubt be more than happy to tell you all about it. Of course, the reverse also holds true: if someone had a bad experience, they would let you know all of the details. The point is, why knock yourself out searching if someone else already did the work for you and was satisfied? However, if you are learning toward choosing the recommended contractor, you should still do your homework as to the issues listed below.

Get bids from some contractors

Never assume that the lowest bid should be the one you choose! When it comes to building contracting, you often get what you paid for. What a shame it would be to have to hire someone all over again to fix the shoddy workmanship performed by the lowest bidder. Obtaining some bids will give you a good ballpark figure for what your job should cost.

Get a written and signed estimate

This estimate should be as detailed as possible by covering the costs of materials, labor, etc. It should also lay out exactly what work the two parties have agreed upon as well as a reasonable timetable for completion. If any legal issue occurs, having things in writing will protect you.

qsadfzxMake sure the contractor is licensed and insured for your further protection. Whenever you hire someone who is not insured, and he gets hurt on your property, you may be held liable for any and all medical or related costs. This is one of the many reasons why it is so important not to hire some fly-by-night company: insist on seeing the contractor’s license and proof of insurance. You may also want to check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been lodged against this individual or company.

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