When Hiring a Contractor

Do you need something repaired or done around your home? Rather than hiring just anyone, do your research to help avoid problems!

Here’s some tips to get the best work done!

  • Shop around — getting multiple bids from contractors and handymen is the best way to get a fair price
  • Depending on the job, hire a licensed contractor — check with the Contractors State License Board to make sure a contractor’s license is active and in good standing. There’s some jobs that just about anyone can do and do well, so a contractor isn’t always necessary, but if you’re having anything major done, permits and a contractor are needed.
  • Get the quote or contract in writing — just like in real estate transactions, written contracts protect both you and the contractor.
  • Better yet, get specific contracts spelled out on paper.
  • Get a copy of whatever you sign — once again, this helps to protect both sides.
  • If there’s any changes to the price or project details, mark it down on your contract.
  • Check the financial terms — especially on large projects, you should know what the bottom line amount is going to be. Make sure you know all of the finance terms — total price, who and when to pay, interest rate — before you sign that contract.

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This infographic is from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

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I'm a real estate broker associate in Newport Beach & Corona del Mar, CA, with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.
Contact me at (714) 914 9060 or renee@bhhscdm.com for all you real estate wants and needs.
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