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       Tips and Suggestions When Hiring A Contractor · How To Hire Reputable Contractors · Mpls MN

Tips and Suggestions When Hiring A Contractor

Here are some things you should consider when deciding which companies are worthy of your dollar and your investment of time?

Hiring a Builder or Remodeler, click here for more tips
Hiring any other contractor or home service provider, see tips below
1. Make sure any company you hire is properly licensed and insured if they are required to be.  You never want to hire a company, big or small, that cannot produce for you a current license if they are a licensed trade, or a current copy of their General Liability Insurance. 
2. How long has company been in business?  How much experience is behind the company and their crews?

3. What is their track record?  Checking with the Better Business Bureau is one indicator.  Check for complaint history; how many complaints are on file; what is the nature of the complaints and what patterns exist?  Customer Reviews are another indicator.  These can be telling, too, of patterns, as well as other more detailed information as they come straight from the consumer’s experiences.

4. Check with the Department of Labor and Industry if they are regulated by this office for any open or unresolved enforcement actions against them.
  This applies to Builders, Remodelers, Plumbers, Electricians.  If you are hiring a Handyman for even minor building or remodeling, they, too, should be licensed as a General Contractor to perform that kind of work in your home. 

6. Do a quick check with the Secretary of State of MN’s office to see if the business(s) are registered and if their registration is active or inactive.
7. Call minimum of four past references.  If a company you are considering has trouble providing you with references, think of that as a red flag.  Contacting references, especially past customers that have had close or similar projects completed to what you are considering doing, is one of the best ways to get valuable, insightful information that has the potential to make or break the kind of service experience you could have.

8. Checking to see what organizations or associations the company is associated with can be helpful.  Similarly, check to see if the company has earned any awards or special achievements and if so, for what and who determined the winners.

9. Placing a call to the company could also produce telling evidence about their professionalism and communication philosophies.  Because we all prefer to deal with friendly, competent and professional people, take note as to whether the company returned your call and how quickly.
10. Ask about any guarantees or warranties.  Standing behind their work and their products could be important to you if there are unexpected problems.  Getting this information in writing is smart.

11. Seeing previous work can be helpful when it is possible.  If you are thinking about building custom cabinets, adding a new deck, or have been considering stamped concrete for your new patio, sometimes seeing a contractors’ previous works of art can help visualize the project as well as their skill level. 
12. Estimates should be easy to read and include itemized costs wherever possible. 
13. Contracts should be signed when you are ready to sign; never be bullied into signing until you have had a chance to read all the fine print. 

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