|Where Are All the Good Contractors!!|
Author: Celise Bealer
Have you ever had a bad experience with a contractor (ex.
painter, roofer, plumber, landscaper, carpenter etc.)? Did
problems such as these occur: contractor showing up late or not
at all; poor workmanship and work ethics; missed deadlines? Have
you landed in court because of a bad contractor?
I can relate. Although finding a reliable and punctual
contractor who takes pride in his or her work often seems
impossible, contractors possessing these characteristics do
exist. The key is knowing how and where to find them.
Here are a few easy ways (outside of using the yellow pages) to
find contractors who will make you want to smile at the
completion of the job, instead of cry:
·Ask family members, friends and associates for referrals of
contractors who have worked for them. People close to you are
usually more than happy to give you the name of someone who did
excellent work for them.
·Visit your local home improvement center. Employees and
customer service representatives (CSRs) may be able to refer
quality contractors to you. Contractors patronize these centers
regularly and sometimes leave business cards with the CSRs.
·Attend local home and garden shows. These shows are packed with
home improvement professionals who are eager to explain and
demonstrate the type of services they provide. Visit the various
vendor tables/booths. Retrieve information provided by the
professionals and use this opportunity to ask any questions you
may have concerning your next project and your search for a
·If your city or town has a real estate association, attend one
of the regular meetings. The real estate investors, agents,
brokers and others who attend the meetings can refer you to
quality contractors. Some contractors are members of real estate
Remember, before hiring any contractor, do the following:
·Contact the Better Business Bureau to find out if the
contractor is a member of the bureau. If so, obtain a copy of
the bureau’s report. The report contains general information
about the contractor and will inform you whether or not the
contractor has a satisfactory record with the bureau. The report
also contains information such as the number of complaints, if
any, the contractor received within a determined period of time
(usually 36 months).
·Ask the contractor to provide references and pictures (if
applicable) of his or her completed work from previous jobs.
·Make sure the contractor is fully licensed and insured.
·Try to obtain a minimum of 3 price quotes for the job to be
After you have selected a contractor for your project, be sure
to PUT EVERYTHING IN WRITING! This can save you down the road in
the event that something becomes a disputable issue in court.
Your contract should include a detailed description of the work
to be performed; materials that will be used; timeframes (dates)
for the progression and completion of the project; a cost
breakdown for the project and payment information. Penalty
clauses should also be included for any breach of the contract
by either party. The contract should be signed and dated.
By looking for contractors in the right places and doing a
little research prior to hiring a contractor, you will greatly
increase your chances of having a satisfying and relatively
trouble free experience that will be a win/win for you and the
About the author:
Celise Bealer is an independent distributor for Tahitian Noni
International. TNI markets an all natural health supplement
called Tahitian Noni Juice, which helps people who suffer from
ailments such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes and allergies.
Tahitian Noni Juice, along with information about TNI’s
unprecedented home-based business opportunity can be found at
http://www.tahitiannoni.com/cbealer. Celise’s email address is