Hiring a Contractor Checklist
• Verify contractors NJ Home
Improvement Contractor’s License.
• Verify contractor has both
liability and workman’s compensation coverage.
• How long has the contractor
been in business?
• Is your contractor just a
salesman (marketing expert) who is going to sub out your work to another company? If so are
these sub-contractors, licensed and insured?
• Contact Consumer Affairs and go online to NJ.org to
see if consumers have filed any complaints against the contractor and to ensure
the contractor is registered.
• Ask for referrals and contact
the references your contractor gives you. Ask them whether the job was
completed on time, whether there were any unexpected costs, whether the workers
showed up on time and cleaned up when they finished, and whether they would use
the contractor again.
• Do not pay for the entire job
up front. The customary arrangement is one-third in advance, one-third halfway
through the job and one-third upon completion. Do not pay with cash.