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Archive for April, 2012

Customer References: What Do Subcontractors, Banks and Clients Say About their Experience With Your Contractor?

This discussion about referrals will have two different but related elements.  The first part will talk about asking your contractor for referrals and the second part will talk about asking your acquaintances for referrals to help you find a professional contractor. One of the most widely used and trusted practices in checking out a contractor…

Level of Experience: How Can You Know If the Contractor You’re Considering Meets Your Standards?

Many seasoned contractors will denigrate the “new guy on the block,” but all of us were new to this industry at one time.  Whether new or seasoned, the contractor should be willing to share the level of experience they have in the industry and in particular to the job you are asking them to complete. …

The Contract: Sometimes it’s Not What’s in the Contract, But What’s Not in the Contract

After all decisions have been made, the design has been completed and the budget has been refined and approved, the contractor puts together a contract.  The contract should be in writing and, at a minimum, should include (1) a summary of work; (2) provisions for permits; (3) estimated start and completion dates; (4) provisions and…

 
 
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