Home Remodeling: Do's and Don'ts for Contractors

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By Lauren Topor

Don’t cut corners or skip important steps on the job. From providing written lien waivers to investing in high-quality tools, these are some of the do's and don’ts of home remodeling that all contractors should follow.


Do: Carry Workers' Compensation Insurance

You never know what can happen on the jobsite. That’s why it’s important to have workers' compensation insurance to make sure you and your team are covered if you’re injured on a client's property. Contractors who work solo are not always required to have workers' compensation insurance; however,be prepared to show your client your exemption certificatebefore beginning any work. Most homeowners prefer working with contractors who are insured. Take the extra step and make sure that you and your team are covered while on the job.

Don’t: Skip the Lien Waiver

At the end of the job it’s your responsibility to provide your client with a written lien waiver. The legal document states that the homeowner has paid in full every dollar he said that he would pay for your services and that the job is done and complete. This legal document protects both you and your clients.

Do: Invest in High-Quality Tools

A contractor is only as good as the tools he uses. Don’t skimp out on high-quality power tools and accessories just to save a buck.Investing in solid toolsis a smart way to stretch your dollar in the long term, as professional-grade or high-quality working tools from trusted brands stand the test of time, lasting much longer than cheaper brands.

Remember to always properly clean and store your tools. And, it’s important to always keep them locked when in storage, whether they are in your work truck or at your home.

Don’t: Go Uninsured

A general liability insurance policy protects your client if any damage is done during a renovation. With this type of insurance, your provider covers the cost of the damage or repair, giving your clients peace of mind, just in case something goes wrong. Savvy homeowners will ask for proof of insurance, so be sure to have to provider fax or email a copy of your coverage to your client before beginning any renovation work on their home or property.

Do: Always Carry Your Contractor’s License

It might go without saying, but as a professional contractor you should always have your license on hand. It’s common for homeowners and clients to ask to see your credentials, so prior to showing up for a bid or estimate, come prepared with the proper documentation to earn the client’s trust. Most contractors bidding on more than a few hundred dollars worth of remodeling work are required by the state law to have the license, so don’t be caught without yours.

Don’t: Bypass Building Permits

It’s your job to pull all of the building permits for your projects. Doing so ensures your clients that you and your team are doing all work up to code and not cutting any corners. Additionally, for big home remodels, many homeowners insurance policies require that contractors pull the building permits. Failure to do so gives the homeowner suspicion and you might lose out on a big job.

Lauren Topor is a lifestyle writer based in the Southwest who spends her days writing about food and health, fashion, fitness and entertainment.


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