HOW TO CHOOSE
- Get (at least 3) written estimates that clearly outline the scope of the job. Estimates should be as detailed as possible to ensure a fair comparison of scope, price and other relevant terms.
- Check references. If possible, view earlier jobs the contractor completed. Request photos.
- Research contractors through the Better Business Bureau and Arizona Registrar of Contractors.
AFTER MAKING YOUR DECISION
- The contract should specifically state all work to be completed and how any changes to the job will be handled. Always verify changes in writing.
- Negotiate the smallest down payment possible to protect yourself financially if the contractor fails to complete the job.
- Guarantee that the materials that will be used meet your specifications. Be as specific as possible in your contract.
- Ask for a warranty – in writing.
- Verify who’s doing the work. Will the contractor’s workers do the entire job or will subcontractors be involved?
- Be sure that the contractor has the necessary permits, licenses, and insurance.
- Get the contractor to indemnify you if the work does not meet any local building codes or regulations.
- Be sure that the contract specifies the contractor will clean up after the job and be responsible for any damages.