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Hiring a Remodeling Contractor

Whether you're finishing the basement, remodeling the kitchen or adding an addition, it is important to hire a good contractor. A construction project gone wrong can be costly to fix not to mention the time. It is best to ask your neighbors, friends or Realtor for contractors that they recommend. Here are some tips from Coldwell Banker Islands Realty when hiring a remodeling contractor:

  1. Estimates. Get at least three written estimates.

  2. References. Ask for references and call to check on the work. If possible, go by and visit earlier jobs.

  3. History. Check with the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau for complaints.

  4. Legal. Be sure that the contractor has the necessary permits, licenses, and insurance.

  5. Contract. Be sure the contract states when the work will be completed and what recourse you have if it isn't. Also remember that in many instances you can cancel a contract within three business days of signing it.

  6. Workers. Ask if the contractor's workers will do the entire job or whether subcontractors will do parts.

  7. Indemnification. Get the contractor to indemnify you if work does not meet any local building codes or regulations.

  8. Clean Up. Be sure that the contract specifies the contractor will clean up after the job and be responsible for any damage.

  9. Materials. Guarantee that materials used meet your specifications.

  10. Final Payment. Don't make the final payment until you're satisfied with the work.

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