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Talk with some of contractor's former customers and ask:
Can I visit your home to see completed job?
Were you satisfied with project?
Was it completed on time? Did workers show up on time?
Did they clean up after finishing job?
Would you recommend contractor? Would you use contractor again?
You should not start any project without having a contact in place. A contract spells out the, who, what, where, when and cost of your project. The agreement should be clear, concise and complete. Before you sign a contract, make sure it contains:
The contractor's name, address, phone nubmer
The payment schedule for contractor
An estimated start and completion date
How change orders will be handled
A detailed list of all materials
Warranties covering materials and workmanship
What contractor will and will not do
Keep all paperwork related to your project in one place. This includes copies of contract, change orders and correspondence with your home improvement professionals. You also might want to take photographs as job progresses. These records are especially important if you have problems with your project — during or after construction.
Before you sign off and make final payment check that:
All work meets standards spelled out in contract. You have written warranties for materials and workmanship.
The job site has been cleaned up and cleared of excess materials, tools and equipment.
You have inspected and approved completed work.
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John Mussi is the founder of Direct Online Loans who help UK homeowners find the best available loans via the www.directonlineloans.co.uk website.