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Choosing a contractor

Q: Hiring a contractor for home improvements seems like a daunting task. How do I know I’m choosing a good one?

When choosing a contractor you must remember that your home is likely the most significant financial investment that you will make in your lifetime. Considerable care should be exercised in selecting the right contractor for your remodel, restoration or the construction of your new custom home. Here are a few helpful steps for selecting the right contractor for your project:

• For your protection, choose ONLY a general contractor that is fully licensed, including a residential endorsement, bonded and insured both for liability and worker’s compensation. Ask for the documents to prove the contractor is licensed and fully covered.

• Consult with the Better Business Bureau for any complaints: 907-562-0704.

• Ask for references and look for a company with a long established business history; unfortunately there are quite a few “fly by night” operations out there calling themselves a “contractor.”

It is important to remember when choosing a contractor that the lowest estimate does not always represent your best interests or the best value. Always look for a detailed description of the work that clearly outlines the scope of work to be completed, what is included, what is not included and at what level of finish that can be expected. The best value is often represented by the contractor whose quality standards, integrity and ethics stand above the rest.

Scott Allen is one of the owners, founders and the general manager of Trailboss Solutions, LLC, and has over 24 years of experience in the residential/commercial construction industry. For more information, visit
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