Hiring the right contractor is incredibly important, because, unfortunately, there are more than a few shady contractors in the construction industry. So it is essential to do everything you can to pick the best contractor for the job.
As we explained a few weeks ago, the first step in Hiring a Contractor is narrowing down your options. Then, once you have narrowed down your choices to your top three or four contractors, contact each of them and arrange for them to visit your home and provide you with a written estimate. That is step two!
Getting a Written Estimate
After each potential contractor views your home and knows enough about the project, ask them for a detailed written estimate. This will not only help you further narrow down your contractor options, but it will also protect you in several ways.
1. Getting estimates from several contractors ensures you are getting a fair price.
2. Getting a detailed estimate will help you see exactly what you are paying for. While one contractor may include materials in his pricing, another may not.
3. Getting written estimates will help protect you from a contractor bidding low and then running up the price once work begins. Still, it is VERY IMPORTANT to sign a contract before any work begins. Even a written estimate is not legally binding. A contract is.
Hopefully you have found these Tips for Hiring a Contractor useful. If you have any questions, please contact Potomac Valley Management by calling 1.877.390.4090 or visit PVMGT.com today!
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