As a home inspector, we often receive inquiries from homeowners for reputable people to work on or around their homes. This sometimes puts the home inspector in a precarious position. On one hand we are in the business of informing our clients of the condition of their home and usually giving ideas or tips for making repairs or corrections without throwing their wallet out the window. We are bound by an ethics code to not perform work on the homes we inspect. So we can’t offer quality, reliable, trustworthy, and honest work outside of our inspection services. One goal which is always in the background of most home inspectors is finding good contractors who we feel we can refer to your clients. Sometimes we have used the contractors ourselves and sometimes we have only talked a few times to the contractor but feel they are trustworthy. No matter who we refer we always recommend to our clients to get more than one quote and whenever possible get three quotes.
When fielding these quotes ask questions, learn from the one bidder and then use that information to ask the next person. Get all three prices then go back to the one you felt most comfortable with and negotiate a price. After you have negotiated a price you need to have a written contract. The contract protects both parties. If the project is big enough you want to have the type or brand of materials spelled out, a work schedule and maybe even a deadline penalty. As always make sure your contractor is licensed, insured and pulls the proper permits when required. If you are unsure if your contractor needs to pull a permit, call your local building officials office and ask them what permits need to be pulled. When your contractor pulls the permit have them show it to you, most jurisdictions require the permit to be posted on site and usually in the front window of the home.
Well this post got a little carried away 🙂 , I started out wanting to simply add a few links to some local contractors who have worked on my home and did a good job. My wife and I were completely satisfied and as a simple courtesy to the contractor I am providing their website links. As always this post is just my thoughts and opinions as a home inspector.
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