Thursday, July 20, 2017
- by Mike Croxall, president, Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga
Chattanooga-area home owners are fortunate to have such a wide variety of quality, professional contractors in the area, but everyone should still take steps to avoid the trouble that comes with hiring a disreputable contractor. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind:
Price and payment
Dont get pressured into signing a contract immediately. You should not be told that you need to sign a contract that day or risk a price increase.
Paying a deposit of anywhere from 20 percent to 50 percent is common, however, you should not be asked to pay the full cost in advance, before work begins.
Make sure youre comfortable with the payment options. You should not be asked to pay cash to a salesperson instead of a check, money order or credit card to a company.
Confirm that the contractor has a verifiable mailing address for his business.
Check the Better Business Bureau, www.bbb.org, to ensure the business doesnt have any unresolved complaints.
Ask the contractor for references for past work and be sure ...