Don’t be afraid to ask for references. This can be one of your most valuable resources in deciding whether a contractor is right for you and your project. Beware of companies unwilling, or unable, to provide references.
Bids will vary from contractor to contractor, sometimes dramatically. Beware of bids considerably lower than the others; they can result in unsatisfactory work that will cost you more money in the long run; not to mention added stress. Make sure all bids are in writing and include quality materials that are guaranteed by the supplier or manufacturer.
BENEFITS OF USING A LICENSED CONTRACTOR:
To ensure safe standards and quality control, the state of Arizona requires contractors to be licensed. Verifing licenses with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors is quick and easy. Ethical licensed contractors will obtain and maintain liability insurance and workers comp to protect homeowners from claims against their homeowners insurance in cases of faulty workmanship and/or injury on the job.
SIGNING A CONTRACT:
It is important to remember that anything you sign may constitute a contract, so be sure you know what you are signing. To safeguard your interests, make sure a contract includes the following provisions before you sign it:
* The name, address and local telephone number (not just a toll-free number) of the contractor * The company's ROC # * A written description of all work to be done * Detailed description of the kind and quality of materials to be used should be listed * Estimated starting and completion dates * The schedule for releasing payments to the contractor * A written statement reiterating any oral promises made by the contractor * Warranties on materials or labor should be spelt out
You should always keep a copy of the contract and any change orders for yourself. Reputable companies will not only look out for their best interests, but the best interests of the customer as well.
MAKING CHANGES AFTER A PROJECT BEGINS:
Even the best made plans can require changes. Be sure all Change Orders are in writing and include the detailed scope of the changes to be made, the cost increase or decrease, and any extension in time required to complete the job.
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