Hiring a Contractor

guidelines to help protect you

Hiring a Contractor

If you find that your home does need changes in order to make it safe, you may want to hire a home repair contractor or handyman. It is important to select a reputable contractor. Here are a few guidelines to help protect you:

  1. Ask friends to recommend repair contractors.
  2. Get at least three written estimates for the project. Most contractors give free estimates.
  3. Ask for and check references.
  4. If licensing is required in your area, ask to see the contractor’s license. Also ask for proof of insurance and bonding.
  5. Do not pay the contractor in full before the work is done. Some contractors will ask for a small down payment, which is permissible.
  6. Get a signed written agreement before work begins or money is exchanged. The agreement should specify both work and payment schedules. It should also detail the type of work to be completed.
  7. Do not make final payments on the project until the work has been performed to your satisfaction.
  8. Check with the Better Business Bureau or the attorney general’s office if you have questions or complaints about a contractor.