How to Evaluate a Contractor

The SMART Way to Properly Evaluate Home Improvement Contractors & Their Estimates Contractors continue to be one of the most complained about industries in the United States. Unfortunately, it is all too common for customers to be trapped into a bad situation, which can result in huge loss of money, tremendous stress, and unbearable amounts of frustration. Don’t get stuck in this situation, go into the process well-educated and ready to hire a contractor like a pro! To make this easy for you, we’ve developed a five-step process called SMART to avoid the most common tricks used by contractors today. Download the SMART Document Email Me the SMART Doc Here’s a summary of the SMART process: SPECIFICS The start to a bad relationship with your contractor is a vague contract or estimate. Your contractor needs to be specific, describing every detail of the potential work. The Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission have written advisories for getting a written contract or estimate. Both write that it must be a thorough description of the work to be done, with full details about start and completion dates, total cost, a payment schedule, [...]