Get a contract
wrangler/Shutterstock Demand a written contract that lists the specific work to be done, costs, materials to be used, start and completion dates, and warranty information on products and installation. Read the fine print carefully and do not permit work before signing it.
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boonchoke/Shutterstock Make sure you establish a strong connection with your contractor before any work starts. They should know what your expectations are for the project and that those expectations should be outlined in your contract. “Additionally, if the service isn’t living up to expectations from the established agreement, it’s vital to speak about it with the provider. If the company isn’t responding, isn’t open to regular communication or is taking a long time to respond, it may be time to research and hire a new service provider,” Dwyer-Owens says.
Iakov Filimonov/Shutterstock Be extremely cautious of door-to-door salesman offering to give you to best deal on a home repair project. Take the company’s information and tell them you’ll contact them if you need work done. If the salesman pushes you to make a decision fast, don’t trust them. Always think over big decisions, such as home improvement projects, for at least a day. Be especially wary if the contractor drives a vehicle with no company name and phone number or with out-of-state license plates. Also, after you’ve hired a contractor make sure you know the specific time they’re planning to come and their name. Only let them in your house to do work if the information lines up. Read up on these secrets contractors wish first-time home buyers knew.