REAL ESTATE FOCUS: Contractor Do’s & Don’ts

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN STAFF
To avoid many of the problems that can arise in the course of building a new home, local contractors offer the following suggestions so your “dream home” never becomes a nightmare:





— DO…communicate with the contractor throughout the process and get involved.



— DO…find a contractor who is licensed and bonded.



— DO…talk to recent customers of the contractor you’re interested in.



— DO…approach the project realistically.



— DO…have the necessary financing in order before you begin the project.



— DO…use a local contractor.



— DO…talk to more than one contractor before you make a commitment to one.




— DON’T…necessarily go with the lowest bidder; make sure the contractor has a reputation for quality work.



— DON’T…make changes or additions without keeping track of the cost.



— DON’T…expect the perfect house.



— DON’T…take for granted your ideas or suggestions will be carried out; follow up as needed.



— DON’T…look for a contractor at the last minute. Start looking six months to two years before you want to start building.

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