Best Tips On How To Hire a Contractor
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Do's and Don'ts for Choosing a Contractor

Below you can read "How To Hire A Contractor" from the pros at Crist and Sons Contractors, a full-service commercial & residential general contractor, roofing, remodeling & repair construction company serving Twin Falls, Idaho. We have a reputation in the Magic Valley for quality and fair pricing.

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Best Tips On Hiring A Contractor 2017

Your home is the largest purchase and greatest asset you will ever have. Please follow these tips on how to hire a contractor for house remodels:

  1. DON'T rely soley on online reviews. Online ratings can be convenient, but they're not always truthful or impartial. For example, contractors on Angie's List who buy advertising get increased exposure. For the website Porch, reviews are actually selected by the professionals themselves. (That's why these tips on tips on how to hire a contractor are so important.
  2. DO use word of mouth. It's a great way to find reputable pros. Try to inspect past projects in person to see the quality. Also check the Better Business Bureau and the Idaho Attorney General's office for complaints before making your pick.
  3. DON'T fall for the lowball pricing. Even if he's not playing fast and loose, a contractor who underestimates costs will have to make up the difference elsewhere, maybe on cheaper materials you did not agree to.
  4. DO shop around. Talk to multiple contractors to determine the going rate for your home remodel.  Doing this will also help you find pros with whom you'll have good rapport and communication.
  5. DON'T allow for so called "allowances." Those are open ended amounts in the contract that could end up blowing the budget. Once the work is under way, stick to the terms.
  6. DO get everything in writing. The contract should include a complete description of the project, all associated costs, and a target completion date.
  7. DON'T apply for your own permits. That is the job of the contractor. If they ask you, it could be a sign that they are in poor standing with the local building department.
  8. DO check the paperwork. That includes up-to-date license and insurance and workers compensation policies.  Research potential pros at contractors-license.org
  9. DON'T pay cash. That is a common tactic used by fraudulent contractors, who take the money and run.  A reputable pro will accept a check made out to his company or a credit card.
  10. DO set up a payment schedule.  It's common to put down 30% upon initial delivery of materials. Make the final payment only when you're fully satisfied with the work.

  11. Before you hire a professional, please be sure to follow our 2017 Tips On How To Hire A Contractor. Be safe, before you are sorry.

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