One of the best ways to select a contractor despite all the social media companies like Google, Bing, and Yelp, and the list continues is to ask friends and relatives for recommendations.

You may also contact a DoorAdiver.PRO for referrals for your area that have been screened by our experts in the industry. We have stringent guidelines for our members to follow. Our Outside Field Agents in your area will provide you with a list of available contractors.

Follow these guidelines when selecting a contractor:

  1. get three references and review their past work;
  2. get at least three bids; 
  3. get a written contract, and don’t sign anything until you completely understand the terms;
  4. pay 10% down or $1,000 whichever is less; 
  5. don’t let payments get ahead of the work; 
  6. don’t pay cash; 
  7. don’t make final payment until you’re satisfied with the job; and 
  8. don’t rush into repairs or be pressured into making an immediate decision.
You’ve Chosen the Contractor… What About the Contract?
Make sure everything is in writing. The contract is one of the best ways to prevent problems before you begin. The contract protects you and the contractor by including everything you have both agreed upon. Get all promises in writing and spell out exactly what the contractor will and will not do.
…and Permits?
Your contract should call for all work to be performed in accordance with all applicable building codes. The building codes set minimum safety standards for construction. Generally, a building permit is required whenever structural work is involved. The contractor should obtain all necessary building permits. If this is not specified in the contract, you may be held legally responsible for failure to obtain the required permits. The building department will inspect your roof when the project has reached a certain stage, and again when the roof is completed.
and Insurance?
Make sure the contractor carries workers’ compensation insurance and general liability insurance in case of accidents on the job. Ask to have copies of these policies for your job file. You should protect yourself from mechanics’ liens against your home in the event the contractor does not pay subcontractors or material suppliers. You may be able to protect yourself by having a “release of lien” clause in your contract. A release of lien clause requires the contractor, subcontractors, and suppliers to furnish a “certificate of waiver of lien.” If you are financing your project, the bank or lending institution may require that the contractor, subcontractors, and suppliers verify that they have been paid before releasing funds for subsequent phases of the project.