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10 Steps to Choosing a Contractor

10Steps

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A Contractor needs to be licensed by the state of New Jersey for both remodeling and new construction. These are two separate licenses.

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Obtain a certificate of insurance – the certificate should show Worker’s Compensation, Liability and Automobile coverages. This certificate should come from the contractor’s insurance agent.

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Ask for a list of references. Call them! Ask questions! Ask for current job sites. Visit them – it can show you everything you need to know about day to day operation.

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Make sure the subcontractors they are using (i.e. electricians, plumbers, masons, etc.) are licensed and insured.

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Check with Department of Community Affairs and/or Better Business Bureau for any complaints lodged against them.

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Be sure the contractor obtains the necessary building permits from your local town/borough prior to beginning work.

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HAVE A WRITTEN CONTRACT!! It is imperative that you have a written agreement with the contractor.

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Architectural drawings are VERY important when making structural changes to your home. Most municipalities require architect’s sealed drawings for any remodeling projects or new homes.

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Communication is KEY! Have a good rapport with the contractor you choose. This person will be working in and around your home for weeks and/or months depending upon the size of the project.

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MONEY should not be your only concern. The lowest bidder is not always the best bet! Check REFERENCES. COMPARE apples to apples. Don’t be afraid to ask QUESTIONS. This is your HOME.

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