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									Home Improvement Contract Tips

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Many a soul has hired a contractor to do repairs or improvements on a
home only to find something is fishy. Here are some tips to avoid

home improvement, improvements, tips, real estate, contractors, repairs,
license, ethics

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Many a soul has hired a contractor to do repairs or improvements on a
home only to find something is fishy. Here are some tips to avoid

Home Improvement Contract Tips

Hiring a contractor to do work on your home is not always as easy as it
sounds. Many people call themselves contractors, but really are not. The
first step to avoiding problems is to make sure you hire someone with who
is actually licensed as a contractor. If you subsequently have problems,
you can contact the licensing board to raise a dispute.

Most contractors are ethical, honest people and businesses. There are,
however, others who are not. These individuals assume you do not really
know what is involved in the construction process. This provides them
with an opening to make substantially more profit. While you might think
this means they will overbid the project, it does not. Most contractors
believe you will pick the lowest price, so they rarely run up their
estimate. There are, however, two other ways to boost profit.

The first thing unethical contractors will do is use low quality
supplies. As with anything you buy, there is a high quality and lower
quality version. While you may want the high quality version, you may
have a hard time determining if you received it. The difference between
high and low quality is often how long something lasts, not how it
appears. The way to beat this problem is to specify the exact brand, size
and part number [if possible] in your contract. Doing so accomplishes two
things. First, it puts the contractor on notice that you know how the
process works. Second, you can always resort to legal action if you later
find the correct materials were not used. Since you have everything in
writing, the contractor has little defense.

A second unethical tactic is the bait and switch. In   this process, the
contractor gives you a bid price that can’t possibly   cover the project.
You think you are getting a deal, but the contractor   starts coming to you
after the project has started requesting more money.   The contractor
refuses to continue work if you do not pony up. In this situation, the
best defense is again to have everything in writing in the project
contract. Make sure to include an attorney’s fee clause in it. If the
contractor tries this tactic, you should contact an attorney. The
attorney will set the contractor straight. If the contract refuses to
finish the job, you will probably be told by the attorney to hire a new
contractor while he sues the unethical one. Since an attorney’s fee
clause is included in the agreement, you should end up paying no legal
fees. This is not the best situation, but it beats getting scammed.

In general, the best way to find a contractor is to ask for referrals
from trusted friends. Next, get everything in writing. With these two
steps, you should avoid any major problems.

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