Rehabbing or Remodeling

Rehabbing or Remodeling

A couple of thoughts on hiring a contractor

When you hire unlicensed, uninsured help, you get what you pay for - the work of an unlicensed contractor with no regulatory oversight.

When you hire unlicensed help, there's often no way to check on the worker's credentials, registered complaints or quality of workmanship. Should something go wrong, redress is up to you, and perhaps civil court - criminal court if he or she happens to be a crook.

Paying a little more the first time is cheaper then paying the lower cost twice.

Check Credentials
Builders without the educational and experience requirements typically required for a license could lack current building code knowledge. Building codes are designed to keep occupants safe and healthy.
Beyond verifying the license status, liability insurance, bonding or other documents required by local regulations, here are some additional pointers for finding good help.

• Get at least three referrals from family, friends, co-workers and others you trust who were satisfied by recent work similar to your job.

• Choose a specialist in the work you want completed - a carpenter for wood work; an electrician for low-voltage lighting; a mason to build a fireplace.

• Trade group affiliation doesn't guarantee quality performance. But membership, which typically mandates licensing, can be considered as a positive factor. Trade groups often provide another level of education, ethics; standards of practice for the professional and redress for the homeowner should a problem arise.

• Ask the contractor for referrals to recent customers, customers from a year ago and customers from three or more years ago to determine how the work holds up. Examine the work and interview the referrals to learn about the contractor's habits, cleanliness, on-time performance and other concerns related to your job.

• In addition to the license check, check the company's trade group status and contact the Better Business Bureau to determine if any complaints have been filed, how they were resolved and if they are still open. A resolved complaint or two may not necessarily exclude a contractor. Look for patterns of unresolved cases.

• Accept only written estimates and contracts from contractors who also pull the required building permits and work with blueprints or professional drawings. The lowest bidder isn't always the best choice. Refer to completed work you've examined.

• Be sure the contract is complete, clearly indicating the steps of the job, supplies and materials, payment schedule and timeline for completion. Don't sign a contract with blank spaces. Don't sign an incomplete contract. Deposit 30 to 50 percent of the total price to initiate the job and to cover most of the contractor's expenses for materials. Never pay the balance until the job is completed to your satisfaction.

• The same regulatory body that enforces licensing requirements can provide you with information about hiring contractors, often from your personal computer.


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good info

Thank you for the great information, I was just talking to a "handyman" today, and he is not licensed. Will definitely rethink this deal.



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I totally agree

Currently one of my full time jobs is doing "make readies" and remodels for a few real estate investors. I have recently gotten myself liscenced, insured, and bonded for the simple reason of setting myself appart as a professional from all these fly by night "handymen" that now flood the market. Another good place to look for references is your local Home Builders Association at Keep looking good affordable pros are out there, and when you find us you'll never have to look again. Good luck!

So very true

with the recent flood damage here in Georgia or even if there isn't any weather related a event. You don't want to wind up paying twice for something that should be done correctly the first time.


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Thanks for the information and the insight abour contractors. When dealing with a profit margin the closer you can get the estimate for services the better. You want to try to avoid any cost over-runs so the advice about detailing out all the work and materials is great advice. Thank you again. Believe and Achieve! Smiling - Joe


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