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Tips to Keep You Safe During Your Next Construction Contract

By on September 22, 2013
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The snow is melting and the income tax refunds are coming in…. If you are considering replacing your roof, adding a deck or renovating your home – Here are 3 must know tips for residents of Conneaut, to protect yourself during your next construction/renovation project…..

TIP # 1 – NO PERMIT = LARGE FINES

If you are planning to work with a local contractor to complete your next project – ask your contractor if a permit is needed. According to the City of Conneaut the best rule to follow is call before you build… From installing a pool to building a pole barn – permits, zoning and other costly fines could occur if you do not obtain prior approval from the city.

In addition, If a permit is needed – make sure to ask your contractor if they are planning on obtaining the permit for you or if you need to obtain it yourself. Often, permits are not included in estimates and there is a fee acquired with receiving permits. For your next project, play it safe…You can reach the City of Conneaut Building Department at 440-593-7406.

TIP # 2 – INSURANCE IS IMPORTANT

I cannot stress this simple fact enough.
Your renovation project could cost you thousands of dollars in costly repairs and attorney fees if something goes wrong on the job and your contractor does not have insurance. Protect yourself and ask your contractor for a copy of their insurance(s).

Any reputable contractor will be glad to provide you with this infomation – as they pay for this service to protect their business and their clients.

TIP # 3 – GUARANTEE IS THE WORD

Every contractor will tell you that they stand behind their workmanship, but what does that mean if you have a problem down the road and they are nowhere to be found.

Research local companies, ask for insurance, ask for their guarantee, see if they have a website, check their references or testimonials from previous jobs they have completed.

A true professional will be glad to provide you with both references and additional information on their business, expertise, manufacturer guarantees, etc…

Remember – you pay for what you get.
A reputable contractor may come in with a higher bid, but in the end … it cost save you thousands of dollars.

Article contributed by Emanuel Schwartz, Ex Amish Construction, LLC

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