Top 10 Tips to Hiring and Working with a Contractor
* Not in any order
- Contractor needs to have References, and check them-does he have legitimate advertising-"yellow pages", OntarioContractors.com listings, word of mouth, specific references to jobs
- Have insurance company mail you insurance of contractor addressed to you (too many opportunities to "doctor" or photocopy insurance letters)
- Ask to see drivers licence of business owner/contractor-match face to person; write down drivers licence number
- Get a Contract in writing - specifying all work done;be as specific as possible; and the total cost
- Quotations are not contracts; Get a contract with terms & cost (example of contract)
- Communicate- talk with contractor to clear up any misconceptions/understandings BEFORE job starts
- Any changes or additions need to be in writing
- Do not give more than 50% of a down payment; 25% is reasonable with interim payments as job is completed and at least 20% or more held back until job is complete;
- For bigger jobs/subcontractor involvement, you should holdback 10% to prevent a lien being applied to your home if contractor does not pay subcontractors (usually for 45 days after completion)
- Do not pay for incomplete or shoddy workmanship and do not pay interim payments unitil work is complete to your satisfaction but on the same token, be fair to the contractor.
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