DO’s and DON’Ts of Hiring A Contractor

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DO . . . deal only with licensed contractors.

DON'T . . . hesitate to ask to see the home builder's "Wallet" card. Along with a wall certificate, all licensed home builders and re-modelers are issued wallet cards that show that they are state licensed and the expiration date of the license. Ask to see additional identification so that you know whom you are dealing with.

DO . . . call the Home Builders Licensure Board at 1-800-304-0853 to verify the information provided by a contractor.

DON'T . . . rush into repairs or hire the first contractor that comes along, no matter how badly you need them.

DO . . . explore the market and ask for references of work the contractor has completed in the local area.

DON'T . . . hesitate to check references. This takes time, but saves money and aggravation in the long run.

DO . . . require a written contract with the contractor's license number on it. Remember, if it is in the contract, you can expect to have it done. If it is not there, even with a verbal promise, you may not get what you think you are paying for.

DON'T . . . sign until you fully understand the terms of the contract.

DO . . . be aware that consumers have been targeted by scam artists posing as contractors.

DON'T . . . be a victim!