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So how do you check out a home repair contractor? Carefully.

Sometimes you don't have the time, equipment or skill do do some repair projects around the house and hiring a pro is the best choice. But even though most contractors are professional and fair, stories of problem contractors are never far away. In the tutorial Selecting a Contractor I list several checklist items to evaluate when reviewing the contractor and their quote.

Interested in a very detailed contractor review? Then you want the tutorial How to Check Out a Home Repair Contractor which describes a ten step checklist used by ServiceMagic to pre-screen a potential contractor that goes to a whole different level including criminal records search, sex offender search and bankruptcy searches.

But pre-screening a contractor is not the only step in selecting your repair partner. There is also the small issue of cost. Not all contractors are the same and the low bid is not always the "best deal." So don't be fooled by just a low price.

Make sure you review the tutorial Getting Contractor Bids and Evaluating an Estimate so you know how to compare a scope of work and read Managing the Project for tips on what you need to know for a successful project including developing your work scope and contract, handling change orders and making final payment.

Spring is coming so you should be lining up your major spring home repair projects now!


March 16, 2012 at 11:47 am
(1) HomeFix Corporation says:

We actually just featured a contributor’s article on the HomeFix Corporation blog about what to consider before you call the contractor. It complements this information nicely!

March 27, 2012 at 11:07 pm
(2) Marc says:

It’s right!
Finding the right contractor is really important. I found a canadian website that really help finding the right contractor.

March 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm
(3) NCPHIF says:

As a nonprofit, it is our mission to educate homeowners on how to avoid becoming victims of contractor scams. Before you begin a home repair or home improvement project, please visit preventcontractorfraud.org for FREE and valuable information on how to deal with contractors. Don’t become a victim!!

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