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  2. Next Steps… • Establish a budget • Obtain financing if necessary • Determine if you want to use a designer • If you do, begin looking for a design/build contractor or a designer and contractor separately

  3. Next Steps, cont’d. • Make as many design choices as possible (granite or tile countertops, hardwood floors or vinyl, etc.) • This will be important in determining the actual cost of your project • Obtain completed “plans” or drawings • Select a contractor

  4. How do I find A Contractor? Ask friends and neighbors • Who did they use for their project? • Were they happy with the outcome and process? • Would they hire that contractor again? Consult professional organizations: • NARI (The National Association of the Remodeling Industry) or • NAHB (National Association of Home Builders)

  5. What Things Should I Look For? Check license and insurance status • Contact the Contractors State License Board • Does the contractor have a license in good standing? • Does the contractor have current Workers’ Compensation Insurance? • Does the contractor have Liability Insurance?

  6. How Do I Select The Right One? • Make appointments to interview potential contractors. Look for: • A professional • Someone you can TRUST with your home and family • A personality with which you are comfortable • Someone with experience • A certified, licensed professional that is affiliated with national trade organizations • A company that trains and monitors their employees

  7. BEWARE OF “BUBBA” Would you want to spend a few months with this guy?

  8. Questions to Ask • Prepare standard set of questions to ask each candidate • How long have you been a contractor? • Are you licensed? • How many projects like mine have you done? • What kind of insurance do you carry? • Who will actually do the work?

  9. Questions, cont’d. • May I have a list of references from your recent projects? • Do you have any industry certifications? • Have you won any awards for your work? • How will I know the cost of the project? • What are your regular work hours? • Will we sign a contract for the scope of work? • What if I make changes after the project begins?

  10. Watch out for these danger signs!!

  11. Danger Signs The lowest bid – If a contractor’s bid is very low it could signal: • Proper insurance is not maintained • The contractor is desperate for your business which could be an indicator of work quality and reliability • The contractor does not run a business that has staying power – warranties will be useless

  12. Danger Signs, cont’d. No proof of insurance • You could be liable for injuries on the job. Ask if the contractor has: • Liability insurance • Property Damage • Personal Liability • Worker’s Compensation Insurance

  13. Danger Signs, cont’d. “You don’t need a permit” • Be suspicious of any contractor that wants to do business illegally • This could indicate that the contractor does not want his work inspected

  14. Danger Signs, cont’d. “I don’t take checks” • This could mean the contractor’s credit is questionable and subcontractors and suppliers may not get paid • There is no payment record when paying with cash

  15. Danger Signs, cont’d. No written contract • Insist on a contract Poorly written or unprofessional looking contract • Don’t accept a contract with no address, phone number and/or license number • Be suspicious of contractor’s professionalism if contract is handwritten or unclear

  16. What Makes A Good Contract? • Company name, address, phone number and license number • Clear and complete description of work • Well stated payment schedule corresponding with benchmarks of completed work • Clear commencement and completion dates • Specific description of materials to be used • Description of deposit: • The deposit (in the State of California) can be 10% of the contract total or $1,000 whichever is less

  17. Thanks for Coming What questions can I answer for you?

  18. Daniel Mackey Construction Incorporated 408-274-6060