Another thing you might try is driving around looking for houses being
worked on, especially in the jobs you want done. The big advantage of this
method is that you can actually see if the quality of their work is what you
want it to be. If they're not doing the jobs you want, then they can
probably recommend someone. Supposedly, good contractors recommend other
good contractors, so again look at the quality of their work in progress.
What do you mean, "they just disappear"? Did you try to hire one?
Perhaps they are very busy, or if you were vague about the work you want
done they may have thought you were just price shopping.
First of all, I try to learn about the project and products so's I can
ask intelligent questions...if you don't research, you are likely to be
stiffed either in terms of product or workmanship. BE THERE every minute
anyone is working on your home.
I like to get names from people I know who have had similar work done.
If I can't do that, I find someone I know has been in biz for a serious
length of time. You can probably get names, probably not
recommendations, from suppliers who sell the siding or windows. Some
mfg. co. have certification programs for contractors. Contact county or
city licensing agency to see if they have license and any actions taken
against their license.
You must have neighbors who have had same work done .. talk to them re
products and contractors. When you know exactly what you want, then get
bids specific about product brand/type, sizes, start/end, insurance,
lien release. If you hire two contractors, they need to coordinate
schedules and that should be in writing.
We had a bad roofing job done at our condo, before we moved in, and the
contractor was working with us until one of the less pleasant board
members got nasty with him. They should have sued him right away, but
were too lazy..talked legal action after he had been back several times
for major rework and ended up pissing him off. Sometimes being sued is
more pleasant than working with a-------.
Thay said they would get back to me with a bid and never did.
Sound advice :-)
Everyone in this neighborhood has, or had, problems with the bottom of their
siding. It wasn't installed correctly and for some reason a lot of houses
don't have proper gutters on their roofs and that compounds the siding
You're right about everything in writing. You've obviously been down this
road before. ;-)
Lost you on the last part. Too bad about your roof. At least you gave him a
chance to fix the problem. Going to court would be my absolute last option.
More hassle than it's worth in most cases.
Thanks, good to hear from someone who has been there!
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