Hiring for Home Improvements

Looking to hire a contractor? Whether you’re planning an addition for a growing family or simply catching up on some deferred maintenance, finding a competent contractor is the first step to successful home improvements. contractor

Everyone has heard a story about the sloppy roofer, the careless carpenter or incompetent plumber.  But to avoid hiring the contractor from hell, follow some smart tips:

  • Interview each contractor you are considering.
  • Compare bids (try to get 3 bids).
  •  Check for proper licensing and insurance.
  • Get it in writing (get a contract).
  • Secure your payments (make your check to a company, rather than an individual).

Be wary about the following conditions as they may indicate a unreliable contractor:

  • Solicits door-to-door.
  • Just happens to have materials left over from a previous job
  • Accepts cash only
  • Pressures you for an immediate decision
  • Asks you to pay for the entire job up-front
  • Suggests that you borrow money from a lender the contractor knows. This can be a home improvement loan scam.Your home is most likely your most valuable asset so be cautious when hiring someone to work on it.

    Thanks for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

    Best regards,

    Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI                                   

    2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors  

    (949) 753-7900

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