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How to Hire and Work with a Contractor – Part 2

Most people eventually need to hire and work with a contractor to perform maintenance, painting, remodeling, landscaping or other project. Here are some tips on how to best work with the contractor you’ve chosen and make sure you’re treated fairly during the process.

 

  • Like marriage, communication is the key to a successful relationship with your contractor. If you’re unsure about any aspect of the project, just ask.

 

  • Meet regularly with your contractor during the project and review his progress. Depending on how extensive the project is you might meet weekly or even daily.

 

  • Nobody likes surprises, especially when they cost money. If your contractor has encountered anything unexpected once he’s started your project or if you’ve asked for anything extra that was not covered in the original estimate, ask for a supplemental written estimate.

 

  • When the project is complete, meet with the contractor and perform a ‘walk through’. Items not up to your satisfaction are referred to as a ‘punch list’ and should be repaired or redone by the contractor before the project is complete.

 

  • Once you’re satisfied with everything, write a check for the final payment. Never make a final payment before the project is completed to your satisfaction.

 

  • If you’re pleased with the way your project turned out and with the contractor you chose, ask for some business cards that you can give to friends or neighbors who may be interested in a similar project.

 

Please let me know by phone or email if I can provide recommendations for contractors or answer any real estate related questions.

 
 
Thanks,
 
Ryan Gillen
 
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Comments:
Johnathan on Mar 22, 2011 1:01 PM posted:
Very helpful post. This 2 series post about how to pick contractors was very helpful. I am currently searching for someone to do some renovations for me before I list my home. Thanks for the post! John www.comfree.com
Johnathan on Mar 22, 2011 1:02 PM posted:
Very helpful post. This 2 series post about how to pick contractors was very helpful. I am currently searching for someone to do some renovations for me before I list my home. Thanks for the post! John www.comfree.com

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