You can tell a great deal about a contractor based on what others are saying about them particularly their customers. The old advice of “ask for 3 references” is just too easy to fake. You’ll need to get a little tougher with your contractor to protect yourself. Insist that any contractor you’re considering can produce the things listed on the next few pages to PROVE that their reputation is solid.
Why It’s Important: If a contractor has been in business for any length of time—and doing a good job—they will most likely have been written about in a magazine or newspaper, received an award of some kind, or become certified from an association or trade organization. Any company that can’t produce at least SOME of these kinds of accolades might not be worthy of accolades!
Why It’s Important: The most committed companies will always have a sense of community pride and a willingness to give time and resources to local charities and organizations. Look specifically for a variety of kinds of involvement, and not just a single sponsored event that may have just been for publicity.
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