When you’re ready to hire a contractor for that big home improvement project, you want to have the right person for the job. The process of finding a contractor for your job doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Consider these tips as you start your search for your next home improvement job.
Do Your Research
You will want to know as much as possible about your contractor before signing a contract. Word of mouth recommendations are a great way to evaluate previous jobs. Ask your friends and neighbors for recommendations, especially those that have had a similar project completed. Contact your village and the Better Business Bureau to check for any complaints filed against the contractor. Ask for and check references supplied by the contractor and ask them about their use of subcontractors. You should then follow up with the subcontractors to ask them about their experiences working with the contractor. An important element of the subcontractor agreement is the mechanic’s lien. The mechanic’s lien is a safeguard for the subcontractor to ensure he or she is paid for labor and materials by the contractor. If you are not familiar with mechanic’s liens, contact Churchill, Quinn, Richtman, & Hamilton for guidance. You want to be sure the contractor has a good payment history with their subcontractors because they can put a lien on your home if they are not paid.
Have a Detailed Contract
Having a detailed contract that clearly states all expectations about the project will relieve a lot of worry throughout the project. The contract is like your guide map to the project and you want to be sure you and the contractor are in alignment on each step of the process. In fact, in Illinois, all home remodeling projects totaling over $1,000 require a written contract detailing the who, what, where, when and cost. The best way to start your project feeling confident the work will be done to specifications is to have a trusted attorney by your side.
The attorneys of Churchill, Quinn, Richtman, & Hamilton, Ltd are experienced in the intricacies of construction litigation. We have assisted many clients in reviewing contracts as well as providing representation in the event the contract has been breached. Contact our office at 847-223-1500 for more information or to schedule an appointment.