Top 10 tips for selecting a contractor

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Tips for selecting a contractor

Choosing a contractor to repair damage to your home can be one of the most important decisions you make as a homeowner. While most contractors are honest and reputable, a few may not have your best interest at heart. Below is a list of tips you may want to consider before beginning your project.

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Top 10 tips for selecting a contractor

Dan, a member of the Travelers property organization, discusses the top 10 tips to consider when selecting a contractor. Watch as he explains why choosing the right contractor is so important.

  • Use your claim representative's estimate as a benchmark.
  • Consider hiring local, licensed contractors whenever possible.
  • Consider the contractor's service record.
  • Don't be pressured into making an immediate decision, particularly with regard to signing a contract.
  • Make sure the contractor is properly insured and bonded.
  • Secure a comprehensive contract before work begins.
  • Federal law requires a three-day "cooling off" period.
  • Don't pay for the entire project before completion.
  • Delays happen, be realistic.
  • Keep a job file.

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