The Lovette Difference

Professionalism

A good contractor doesn’t just do good work; when dealing with customers, it’s oftentimes the little things that make a big difference. You should find a contractor that shows you respect by the way they treat you, the way they look, the way they treat your property, and the way they pay attention to details. Listed below are a few things to keep in mind when selecting a contractor.

Contracts

Contract with a detailed scope of work and language about written change orders.

Policy Documents

Job site policy document for employees and sub contractors.

Lien Waivers

Partial and Final Lien Waivers provided to the customer upon completion of the job

Workmanship

Ultimately, any contractor has to be competent to do the job right the first time. Competence comes as a result of training, experience, and good, old-fashioned, hard work. As you evaluate a contractor, look for signs that they can do the job right.

Photos

Project Photos for ideas and inspiration.

Warranties

Written warranty with detailed procedures to remedy any claims.

Walk Through

Ask to walk a current or finished job with the homeowner present.

Stability

You need to make sure that any contractor you hire has proven themselves in the past, and will be there if you need them in the future. Don’t just ask the contractor if they are stable; look for tangible proof of longevity and financial stability by asking for the following items.

Proof of Establishment

Make sure that any contractor you’re dealing with is substantial enough to have a real office with all the normal business functions.

Business Licenses

Your contractor should have a Builder’s License from the Home Builder’s Licensure Board as well as a business license in your city. (www.hblb.alabama.gov)

Insurance

Make sure you ask for a certificate of insurance for General Liability and Workers’ Compensation coverage.

Reputation

You can tell a great deal about contractors based on what others are saying about them—particularly their customers. Just talking to a few references isn’t enough. Insist that any contractor you’re considering produce the things listed below to prove that their reputation is rock solid.

Designations and Certifications

The building industry is constantly changing with new codes, products and regulations. Make sure your contractor has the education and training required to stay up to date.

Industry Association Memberships

Industry associations hold their members accountable to a higher standard.

Accolades and Awards

If a contractor has been in business for any length of time, and is doing a good job, they will most likely have been covered in a magazine or newspaper, received an award for their work, or received special recognition from an association or trade organization.

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