Spring is coming!
As the weather finally begins to warm up, many people are looking to hire professionals to help
with the rite of spring – sprucing up their home.
Whether it is a painter, lawn company, stone mason, pest control or any other professional, make sure to
take appropriate steps to ensure the person or company you hire is trustworthy.
What to look for in a contractor
The first thing to look for is a contractor who is licensed and insured. In most local municipalities,
contractors are required to be licensed before any permits are issued. Even if the work being
done doesn’t require a permit; a licensed contractor is a must.
Also check to that the contractor has appropriate insurance to protect you, your property as well
as the contractor if something were to occur. It is always a good idea to check your
homeowner’s policy to see what type of coverage you already have in the event of an accident
or damage to your property. You should also let your insurer know you are having work done at
A good way to find a competent, reliable contractor is to check with neighbors, friends and
relatives for the names of contractors they’ve used. Ask them questions such as, is the contractor is reliable?
Do they show up for work on time? Was the price they charged reasonable?
Does the contractor take steps to clean up at the end of the day?
Was the customer satisfied with the quality of work done at their home and would they hire the contractor again?
Also ask potential contractors to provide references of recent customers.
Before hiring anyone get an estimate as to the scope of the work, the materials to be used and
the length of time the project entails. Generally at least two, if not three, estimates are a good
idea. Remember, the cheapest estimate is not necessarily the best.
Before any work begins, make sure you sign a contract that includes the scope of work,
warranties on labor and material and payment schedules. Contractors often ask for a
downpayment, especially if a substantial amount of material is to be purchased. That said,
never pay for the bulk of the job upfront.
Also, changes to a job often occur. Tell the contractor you must approve any changes.
Get a revised contract before agreeing to any additional work.
While the project is ongoing…
Ask for the contractor’s work schedule. Make plans to give the workers access to your home if
you can’t be there while the work is being done. Contact Delco Alarm Systems to learn how to
install a temporary security code for your alarm system for contractor use.
If you won’t be around, you can lock doors to certain areas you want to make sure stay private,
such as bedrooms. It also makes sense to keep your valuables and personal papers stashed
away while someone is working inside your home.
If you don’t feel comfortable leaving the house while work is being done, as a friend or family
member to stay while you are away.
Remember, your home is worth protecting. It is one of your most important assets. Keep it safe
by hiring competent, licensed contractors. You’ll sleep better at night.