Update: Use Caution When Hiring Contractors, Officials Say

September 14, 2011

in News,Recovery Update

Woodstock’s Police Chief Robbie Blish said at a recent Public Safety Meeting that residents should exercise caution when hiring contractors to work on their homes and businesses. They should ask for a written contract that spells out what work will be performed for what price, who will pay for materials and a payment schedule. A written estimate should be furnished to the client, and Blish suggested hiring locally if possible.
The issue of permits needs to be ironed out; the contract should state who will obtain the permits needed for the project. Proof of insurance should be provided by the contractor and it’s important for that to be clear to the homeowner, as they could be liable for accidents on the property if there is no insurance.
The Chief also suggests paying by check for contract projects and said that a reasonable down payment is thirty percent of the project’s total cost.


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