Having Your home Repaired - Get the Estimates in Writing

Home repairs are a necessary part of home ownership. Standard maintenance is something that most homeowners perform themselves. However, there are times when calling in a repair company or contractor may be necessary.

If it is necessary to call in a contractor, there are several things that you must take into consideration before hiring them for the job. Following these simple steps will help you avoid any unnecessary costs or headaches when having a repair preformed on your home.

� Get At Least Three Estimates � And Get Them All In Writing. You want to have at least three separate estimates conducted on your repair before you decide on a contractor to use. Each estimate should be fully detailed on the repair that is going to be performed, the materials that will be used, and the time it will take to complete the repair. You need to know up-front what each contractor believes needs to be done to correct the problem.

You will discover during this process that each contractor will have a different opinion on what needs to be done, and how it should be completed. If the estimates are too varied, you may need to call in a few additional contractors to estimate the job.

� Make Sure Your Estimates Have A Cost Clause. When you receive your estimate, make sure that you get it in writing that any additional repairs, costs or materials needed to complete the job must first be approved by you. The last thing that you need is to have a job you thought would cost one price, cost double or triple the amount.

� Verify That The Contractor Is Licensed And Insured. You will want to verify that the contractor is licensed to perform these types of repairs before you decide to use them as your contractor. You will also need to verify at the time of the estimate, and at the time the repair work begins, that the company is properly insured. You will want to know if they have liability insurance and workers compensation.

Any company that works on your property that is not insured is a large liability to you. If any accident occurs, or anyone is injured while performing the work, you will be liable for all damages. Furthermore, if you hire a contractor to perform work that is not insured, and an event takes place, your home owners insurance will not cover any of the costs or damages.

� Get References And Actually Call Them. You should not feel embarrassed to ask for references from the contractor. Any contractor you use should be able to provide you with information on customers they have serviced in the past for a reference. Make sure you take a moment to call them and find out their opinion on work that was performed on your home.

� Require That The Contractor Provide You With Contact Information. When work begins on your home, you need to have information available on how to contact the foreman directly with any questions or concerns. In most cases, the work will be performed while you are at your place of employment. If you want progress reports on the job, you will need to know who to contact, and how to contact them, while you are away from your home.

Daniella Aitken

Daniella Aitken

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CENTURY 21 Miller Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage*
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