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Things to Look Out For When Hiring a Contractor

Warm weather isn’t just nice for day to day activities, it can also bring about big changes. Renovating your home is hectic, but also exciting. When coming up with renovation plans, your contractor is crucial. You want someone who will share the same vision and passion for your home as you. Your contractor is responsible for the success of your... Read More
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Insurance and Your Home Renovations

Home is where life happens. It’s where you raise kids, host family, and live your life everyday. Renovating your home can be a huge undertaking. Protecting your home during and after making improvements is important. Having insurance can help you if something unexpected happens. Read Up on Your Current Homeowners Policy Before starting any project, make sure that your current... Read More
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What Insurance Does a Contractor Need?

Doing independent contract work is a popular occupation for many people. Electricians, plumbers, and HVAC contractors, janitorial, and lawn care are all professions that should have insurance coverage. Even though you may work for yourself, sometimes accidents happen. Your team members will also appreciate having coverage. If an accident occurred, and you did not have coverage, you could be paying... Read More

Red Flags When Hiring a Contractor

Fall doesn’t just mean a new look for you, it can also mean you want a new look for your Connecticut home! Often times the most difficult part about starting a home improvement project is finding the right contractor for the job. You have to find someone that shares your vision, at the right price, and then you have to... Read More

Fall doesn’t just mean a new look for you, it can also mean you want a new look for your Connecticut home! Often times the most difficult part about starting a home improvement project is finding the right contractor for the job. You have to find someone that shares your vision, at the right price, and then you have to make sure you feel comfortable welcoming them into your home! Make sure you do your research before hiring a contractor, asking friends and family can be the best way to make sure you’re making the right choice. No recommendation for a good contractor in your area?  Yahoo has some red flags you should watch out for when choosing a contractor.

  • No references: If your contractor can’t provide you with references the only excuse would be that they are a new company with not a lot of work under their belt. Other than that, it usually means exactly what you think: none of their clients are willing to recommend them.
  • No listed address: While this may just mean that your contractor is working from home, it’s a good idea to do some research or ask them directly if you cannot find an address. If a contractor doesn’t want to disclose his address he may be trying to stay under the radar a bit too much which may make you question his legitimacy.
  • No permits: So your contractor is telling you he won’t need any permits to build, repair, or remodel. Maybe that’s the case with a small job or maybe that means there isn’t a professional tradesman on the job. Permits help make sure everything is of code and can better ensure your home insurance coverage. How so? If you don’t have a permit and damage occurs to the newly re-done area, your insurance may refuse to cover it.
  • They show up at your doorstep: While it seems like that would be a dream come true if you’re looking to have work done, it’s not recommended. Many believe this means they are looking for work (why don’t they have jobs lined up thanks to recommendations?) and they are looking for a quick job with quick cash. It’s important to remember this isn’t always true; some companies do this to meet local community members face to face and get their name out there.
  • No Insurance: Someone slips on the job and hurts themselves and you have to pay. There’s one way to avoid this from happening, make sure your contractor has business insurance. Ask your contractor to have their insurance agency send you something directly, proving they have insurance.
  • Full Payment Up Front Requested: Does it sound right that you would pay for something before it was finished? We don’t think so either go with your gut on this one.  While up-front costs may vary, most companies will use a payment in thirds option (some up front, some during, and some paid after).
  • No Written Contract: The proposal or contract is crucial to making sure you and the contractor are on the same page. It allows him to detail the job and let you know the terms and conditions up front. Make sure all items needed and labor are included, that way if anything is added you will have to sign off on it.

Overwhelmed? Let’s call it prepared! It’s important for your contractor to meet the standards necessary for you to trust the company and the work that will be done on your home. Before any project evaluate not just the price they are giving you, but recommendations and the practices they use. It may also be a good idea to talk with your agent about your Connecticut Homeowners Insurance so that you know what kind of coverage you have and how the addition/renovation could affect your policy. Call your agent if you have questions!

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How to Choose the Right Contractor

Hiring a contractor is no small decision. Not only are you entrusting an individual with the future of your home, you are also choosing someone who will inhabit part of your home for a better part of the work week. Before choosing a contractor it is important to find out who will be the best fit for your home, your lifestyle,... Read More