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By: Frieda S.
Ivy Hill Construction Co
Did not even wait for estimate before deciding not to pursue further with this builder. I needed significant repairs. I told the man who came that my key performance criterion was low cost. Every way I said I wished to economize was shot down by him, and he said I would have to raise the floor! raise the ceiling! hire an architect! apply for a permit! Heat and cool the room with the rest of the house, "to save money". These were not options, he said, but necessary--and each of them would take more money out of my pocket and put it in his. When I said that the resulting concept was so gold-plated that it made no sense to proceed, he suggested a bare-minimum low-ball that made no sense either because it would have ended up being worse than doing no repairs at all. Wow. Wow! I can't say whether this guy is competent or honest or worthy of any sort of trust at all. I can say that I plan to call the police if I ever see this guy around my house again.
Tips & Advices
If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered.
Absolutely ask. Paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. Include this payment plan in the contract, as well.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work and all costs are listed in the contract, including details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Yes. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.

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