BBB shares 12 tips for people looking to hire home renovation contractors

BBB shares 12 tips for people looking to hire home renovation contractors
(Source: BBB South Central Louisiana)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Information below was provided by the Better Business Bureau of South Central Louisiana.

May is National Home Improvement Month.

BBB shares 12 tips for people looking to hire home renovation contractors

Here are some tips from the BBB to follow before hiring a home improvement, roofing, or repair contractor:

  • Be specific in explaining exactly what you want done
  • Get estimates in writing
  • Get more than one bid; bids should detail what the contractor is going to do and the cost for the job
  • You should not be required to sign a bid; if you do so, it then becomes a binding agreement for work to be performed
  • Ask the contractor for a list of references
  • All warranties, guarantees, or verbal agreements must also be in writing
  • Confirm state, city, or parish licensing
  • Confirm contractor has worker’s compensation coverage
  • Check contractor’s record with the Better Business Bureau
  • Never pay in cash and never pay a substantial amount of money up front
  • Never pay in full until job is completed
  • Never pay in full until all supplies and subcontractors are paid, eliminating a possible lien on your property

A door-to-door solicitor must get a 90-day solicitation permit with the proper city or parish office before knocking on your door. Investigate before doing business with any unknown company.

For permit or licensing information in a particular area, contact:

Local City Halls

  • Baton Rouge, 225-389-3000
  • Denham Springs, 225-665-8121
  • Central, 225-262-5000
  • Addis, 225-687-4844
  • Baker, 225-778-0300
  • Walker, 225-665-4356
  • Gonzales, 225-647-2741

Local Parish Government

  • East Baton Rouge City-Parish, 225-389-3114
  • Livingston Parish, 225-686-2266
  • Tangipahoa Parish, 225-748-3211
  • Ascension Parish, 225-450-1012
  • Iberville Parish, 225-687-5190
  • Assumption Parish, 225-922-1234
  • St. James Parish, 225-869-5642

Consumers with specific questions about contractors or scams can call the local Better Business Bureau of South Central Louisiana office at 225-346-5222 or the Louisiana Contractors Licensing Board at 225-765-2301.

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