Ask Before You Hire
Question to Ask a Contractor before You Hire
After a damaging storm, it can be hard to find
a contractor who will repair your home right away. Although it is
tempting to rush into a contract with the first available builder or
handyman, it is very important to take the time and check their
the contractor on site. Have a complete set of questions ready to ask.
Make sure to interview more than one contractor and compare their
estimates to see if the work, materials, schedule, and pricing are
alike. If they are very different, be sure to ask why. This may help
you discover any underlying problems that go unnoticed by other
- Ask to see the contractor's state-issued license and write down the number. Then call 850-487-1395 or visit www.myfloridalicense.com
to verify that the license is current and active. If you live outside
of the state of Florida, check with your local building official about
- Ask for references.
Licensed contractors should be happy to provide you with names and
contact information for recent customers.
written estimates from several contactors that include all costs and a
completion date. Beware of contractors that promise to be the fastest
and the cheapest, this may result in poor quality or unfinished work.
- Get a written description of the work being done, including a schedule and the material that will be used.
- Check that the contractors you hire are fully insured.
- Ask for a firm completion date, including cleanup.
- Ask for a warranty agreement that guarantees the work for a specified period of time and provides for necessary repairs.
The time you take to hire the right contractor will pay for itself in safe, reliable repairs and peace of mind.
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