Trinity Property Inspection Newsletter

Trinity Property Inspection Newsletter
Your one stop for Home and EIFS/Stucco Inspections
April 2009

Working with Contractors

Many of my clients have hired contractors to make repairs to their home. They all encounter the same two big questions; first how do I find a good contractor, and how do I communicate with them. The second question doesn’t usually come to light until it’s too late.

There are several resources available to help locating reputable businesses:

The Better Business Bureau (BBB.com). At the BBB you can find companies, their contact information, and some information on their history with clients.

Servicemagic.com is another online resource that can help

Qualified Real Estate Services, Inc. at qualifiedlist.com is another

The second and bigger question is “How to I communicate my needs to the contractor and how do I know what the contractor is really going to do? This is the function of the written quote and the repair order. These have many different names but the purpose is the same.

The written quote should detail exactly what the contractor intends to do and how much is to be charged for each service provided. The repair order is the instruction given to the workers telling them what to do and how much to collect (if they are charged with that responsibility). The two documents should contain the same details. Some companies will use one document for both.

Many contractors put as little information in their estimate as possible. For example “Install new roofing and flashings”. What does that mean? Are they going to tear off the old shingles? Get everything in writing! Often a verbal “I’ll take care of that is soon forgotten.

Before you start shopping for a contractor, decide what you want done as far as your experience will let you. For example do you want a roof repair or a new roof? Often that decision is one you will have to make with a contractor.
Before you start shopping for a contractor, decide what you want done as far as your experience will let you. For example do you want a roof repair or a new roof? Often that decision is one you will have to make with a contractor.

Your estimate should include:
• the cost of any demolition and the disposal of the waste materials
• the quality and design of the new materials
• a time frame for the work to be completed
• a cost plan for discovery of damage unknown before the start of the project (time and materials)
• contractor insurance declaration
• job site clean-up

This is just a sample list of things to consider as you interview two or three contractors ask them questions. I recommend writing down every question you can come up with before they arrive them take notes of their answers and use your new list to interview the next contractor. Talk to your friends who have had similar work done learn from their experience.
A thought for the day.

COMMUNICATION is something so simple and difficult that we can never put it in simple words. T.S. Mathews
The goal of Trinity Property Inspection is to provide our clients with the knowledge they need to make an informed decision concerning their new home purchase. All deficiencies are placed in perspective with a recommended corrective action. It is recommended that homeowners keep their inspection report and use it as a guide for maintaining their home.

Trinity Property Inspections, Inc
Your one stop for General Home Inspections & EIFS/Stucco Inspections
Peter Szabo, CMI
Certified Master Inspector

Business # (720) 290-2718
Fax # (303) 690-6661
szabo1@q.com
http://www.inspectorpages.com/pszabo

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