Ultimately, any contractor has to be competent to do the job right the first time. Competence comes as a result of training, experience, and good old-fashioned hard work. As you evaluate a contractor, look for signs that they can do the job right the first time.
Why It’s Important: A contractor who serves his customers well should be proud to present pictures of their work. Ask to see photos of at least a dozen completed jobs. If pictures are not available, beware.
Why It’s Important: Bottom line, a contractor should only use manufacturers who stand behind their materials. The highest level of manufacturer warranty lasts as long as you own it, and covers any possible defect in materials. Naturally, you’ll want to check the stability and reputation of the manufacturer to make sure they’ll actually be around to fulfill on the warranty if necessary, and to find out if they’ve taken the time and effort to fulfill for others who have needed it already.
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