Landlord Tips for Preventing a Dispute with a Contractor

HomepageContractor1The potential for disagreements with contractors is high, so follow these 10 steps to protect yourself and your rental property from costly disagreements and miscommunications:

1. Make sure to get everything in writing, and take notes on the conversations you have

2. Do not rush into hiring a contractor. You want to wait and make sure you have all of the information you need in order to make an informed decision.

3. Shop around. Talk to people, ask questions, and do as much as you possibly can to learn about the project before you start on it.

4. Check out the references of your contractor before you sign the contract.

5. Check on the contractor’s license, and make sure they are properly licensed to do the job you are considering hiring them for.

6. Ask how “extras” will be handled, and make sure that these procedures are part of the contract.

7. Never sign a document or paper unless you understand the full meaning of what you are signing.

8. Have an open line of communication with the contractor. You want to talk to them before they start work on the project, and while they are working on it.

9. Be reasonable when working with your contractor. Construction projects hardly ever go as planned. When something unexpected comes up, see how your contractor handles the situation. If he is acting responsible and it seemed like the right way to handle the situation, then be reasonable about it.

10. Check references. This is the most important step and often overlooked, so we have mentioned it twice. Be sure to thoroughly check all references given.