Flood Victims Wise To Be Wary Of Contractors

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 at 6:51 am

Before you hire a contractor, the MN Department of Labor and Industry suggests the following:

ask for the contractor’s license number and contact the Department of Labor and Industry at (651) 284-5069 or 1-800-342-5354 to verify the builder is currently licensed and to find out if they have a disciplinary history. The status of a contractor’s license can also be verified by using MN DLI’s Licensing/Certificate search at: secure.doli.state.mn.us/licensing/licensing.aspx

ask the contractor how long and where they have been in business.

ask for references and check with former customers to see if they
were satisfied with the work.

ask for a Minnesota business address other than a post office box.

ask for a local phone number where the contractor can be reached during normal business hours.

check the contractor’s litigation history on the state court system’s Web site at pa.courts.state.mn.us/default.aspx.

Avoid contractors that:
arrive in an unmarked truck or van;

ask you to sign an estimate or authorization before you have decided to actually hire them;

appear to be willing to do the job at an unusually low price;

only provide a post office box for their business address;

require full or substantial payment before work begins;

refuse to provide you with a written estimate or contract;

refuse to provide you with a license number issued by the state of Minnesota;

refuse to provide you with references;

show up at your door unsolicited; or use high-pressure sales tactics.

Before you sign a contract, make sure it includes:
a detailed summary of the work to be done;

a description of materials;

the total contract price or how the price will be calculated; and

specific timelines and provisions that address what will happen if the contractor fails to meet the contractual deadlines.

Regulation is in place to protect homeowners entering into contracts with roofers. With certain restrictions, homeowners are allowed to cancel a roofing contract if their insurance company denies the claim.

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