Spring is in the air and with it a desire to get outside and start cleaning up, fixing up, repairing, and maybe evening rebuilding. But let’s face it; there are only so many hours in a day to accomplish all that needs to be done.
Most of us lead hectic lives: School, work, volunteer projects, hobbies, chasing kids, travel etc., leaving little time for home projects big or small. Unless working on your home is your idea of fun – and for many it is – then it’s time call in the pros to help.
The cool thing is that finding a trustworthy business is the same whether you’re looking for-a re-modeler, handyman, plumber, painter, landscaper- is quick and easy, just www.bbb.org.
If you need help around the house Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona offers the following tips:
- Use bbb.org to find trustworthy businesses. Start your search with BBB Business Directory to find BBB Accredited contractors in your area. If you are referred to a business through friends, family or an advertisement, verify the business is in good standing at bbb.org before contacting them.
- Compare costs. Get at least three bids from prospective contractors based on the same specifications, materials, labor and time needed to complete the project. BBB’s Request-a-Quote service is free to use and will allow BBB Accredited Businesses to send you quotes via email. Understand variations in price may be associated with quality of materials.
- Call references. Ask all contractors to provide local references and find out if those customers were satisfied with the work performed. If possible, visit a completed project to inspect the quality of workmanship.
- Check licensing. Licensing requirements vary depending on where you live. Contact your local municipality to find out what’s required of contractors.
- Beware of high upfront fees. Contractors may require a down payment before work begins, but it should not be a significant portion of the total cost. Instead, make payments that align with the progress of the work completed. Make sure you are satisfied with the work before making a final payment. Never pay in cash. Instead, use a credit card in case an issue arises.
- Review your contract thoroughly. Make sure it includes all of the materials needed to complete the job, an itemized list of all costs involved, any subcontracted labor and a warranty for all work performed. Consider having a trusted friend or relative review the contract with you.
- Verify insurance coverage. Find out if the company is insured against claims covering workers’ compensation, property damage and personal liability in case of accidents. Verify coverage directly with the business’ insurance company if possible.