BBB and Ryan’s Tips for Hiring a Contractor

March 26, 2021

Whether you are doingrepairs, adding to your home or renovating a room, hiring a right contractorcan sometimes be stressful. A contractor is someone whom you hire to provide materialsand labor to complete a job. Hiring the right contractor is always the most importantpart of the project. Hiring the right one makes the project hassle and stress free.Hiring the wrong one could make you face a wide range of problems.

 Consider these tips when hiring anybody towork in your home.

Research andgather information - Youcan search for a contractor’s Business Profile at BBB.orgtoget free information on their history of complaints, read verified CustomerReviews, and see if they are an Accredited Business. Look for the company’sreputation online and look for Complaint, Reviews, & Scam to see differentresults.  Ask the company about if theemployees go to background check. Are they trained and certified?

Ask forreferences - Ask for local referencesyou may contact for references. Ask your references about the overallperformance and their experience with the contractor. Ask if they are certifiedprofessional.

Ask for multiple quotes – Look around and get at least three quotes from different businesses. Consider all the factors including reputation, experience, and professionalism. Lowest price option may not be always the best one. Get the best based on your work requirements.

Get it in writing – Always get estimates in writing and never let any work begin without a written and signed contract. Do not be pressured into signing an agreement before you are ready and make sure you read and understand everything before signing. The contract should include contact information, start and completion dates, a detailed description of the exact work to be done, any material costs, payment arrangements, and warranty information. Specify who is to obtain necessary building permits and who is responsible for clean-up. Make sure all verbal promises are included in the contract. Ask how much work will be subcontracted and ask for information on the subcontractors. Ask questions if you do not understand any part of the contract. Never sign an incomplete or partially blank contract.

Verifylicense and insurance - Alwaysbe sure that the company you decide to work with has the necessary licenses andinsurance to work in your region.

Think about future service issues - Make sure you are aware ofyour warranty coverage and how to deal with service issues.

Arrange a payment schedule - Never pay in full upfront. Stagger your payments so your final payment is not due until the work iscomplete and you have fully inspected it. Do not pay cash; make sure your checkis written to a company, not an individual, or that you use a credit card.Paying with a credit card will provide some recourse should the job not becompleted as stated in the contract.

Get a receipt - Request a receiptmarked “Paid in Full” when the job is completed, and your final payment made.

Keep your contract - Hold on to your contractfor future reference or if any questions arise after the work is complete.

Call RyanWindows & Siding for more information @ 507-281-6363.

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