Spring will be here soon, and many people are considering home improvements, which include painting, roof replacement, foundation repairs, home siding, driveway repair, landscape work, and more. The best and the worst of “home improvement” contractors are out there . . . so, be wise in your selection.
1.What are some tips to be a wise consumer of home improvements?
a. Make sure that you and the contractor understand exactly what work is to be done -- put it down in writing -- be specific -- if they won’t, it should be a warning that the company may not stand behind its word.
b. Compare prices by getting at least three cost quotes -- beware of “low-ball” bidders.
c. Don’t rush into signing a contract -- good deals will be available tomorrow. Don’t sign blank contracts. Get a copy of everything you sign.
d. Don’t pay for work that has not been done -- don’t sign a completion certificate until the work is complete and you’re satisfied.
2. What about referrals and references?
a. Follow-up on referrals and call references of satisfied customers before signing a contract -- if company is unwilling to give references, they may have something to hide. Beware! . . . sometimes “references” turn out to be people paid to say good things.
b. If possible, look at examples of the contractors work -- check out work in progress and jobs already completed.
c. Contact the Better Business Bureau – and check out the BBB reliability/ratings report of the companies you are considering, and other educational material - call (409) 835-5348 or (855) BBB-SETX, 24 hours a day.