Getting Your House Ready, Choosing the Right Contractor

June 18, 2012

As you prepare your home for sale, hiring the best to get it ready is essential. Check references and ask if they did quality work in a timely manner. Would they hire that particular contractor again? One of the best ways to find the right person to do the work is to ask around. Your neighbors, your friends and colleagues will probably know someone and that’s always better than just pulling someone out of the phone book. After you’ve chosen someone, the importance of a written contract cannot be over estimated. The phrase “Worth the paper it’s written on” is a cliché for a reason. With anyone, whether it’s the contractor or the plumber, putting on paper what is expected in terms of service is essential. Once it’s on paper and signed, you’re good to go. Both parties know what’s expected of them and what needs to happen next. 

Be specific in the contract. Appreciate the fact that they’ve worked hard, but that when it comes to finished work for a house that’s about to go on the market, ‘almost’ isn’t what will sell your house. While there’s no such thing as perfect, there is such a thing called ‘best possible service.’ 
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