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Handyman Matters of Cherry Creek

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Q: How do I choose the right contractor for my home?

A: There are several factors to consider. The right contractor will have the experience and know-how to get the job done. He or she will be clear about the price, job scope and the warranties offered after the work is complete. A professional contractor will show up on time and will be able to meet your timeline. In addition, the contractor will perform background checks on all employees who will be doing work in your home. Ask questions up front to make sure the contractor you select meets these criteria.

Q: Are there red flags I should look for when hiring a contractor?

A: Yes. It’s a red flag if the contractor demands 100 percent of the contract price before beginning the work. If the firm doesn’t answer their phone or return your call for several days, be wary; this likely will not change after work is begun. If the contractor refuses to show you their insurance information, it’s a signal that they don’t have appropriate insurance coverage. Or they may be evasive when you ask questions about experience or certifications, such as lead-based paint EPA certification. HLM