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Question DetailsAsked on 1/29/2012

How to choose the right contractor?

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At Angie's List, we always suggest getting three estimates from highly-rated providers before you hire.

Before you launch a major home project, make sure your contract includes the following:

    The contractor's name, address, phone, and license number, if required.The payment schedule for the contractor, subcontractors and suppliers.An estimated start and completion date.The contractor's obligation to obtain all permits.How change orders will be handled.A detailed list of all materials including color, model, size and brand name.Warranties covering materials and workmanship.A "broom clause." It makes the contractor responsible for all clean-up, including spills and stains.

When the job is done, don't make final payment until you check that:

    All work meets the standards spelled out in the contract.You have proof that all subcontractors and suppliers have been paid.The job site has been cleared of excess materials, tools and equipment.You have inspected and approved the completed work.

Answered 8 years ago by Cas

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