Tips for Hiring a Contractor

8 Tips for Hiring a Contractor

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  1. Check for references.

  2. Check with licensing authorities (http://www.contractors-license.org). Not all states require a license.

  3. Check with the Better Business Bureau (http://www.bbb.org)

Price vs. Quality

It is unwise to pay too much. But it is worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money, that's all. When you pay too little you sometimes lose everything, Because the thing you bought is incapable Of doing what it was bought to do.

The common law of business balance prohibits Paying a little and getting a lot. It can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, It is well to add something for the risk you run. And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better.

There is hardly anything in the world that someone can't Make a little worse and sell a little cheaper. And people who consider price alone are this man's lawful prey.

John Ruskin

You Pay for Quality when Hiring a Contractor

Avoid getting caught in the low-bidding trap when choosing a contractor.

  • Get bids from several contractors.
  • Be wary of going with the lowest bid. Top-quality work requires a lot of skill, labor and artistic talent, which can all add to the final installation cost.
  • Remember, you get what you pay for.
  • Go with a contractor who's willing to show what he can do for you, such as preparing a jobsite sample of the proposed work.
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