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Hiring a contractor in an emergency !

Don't hire the first remodeling contractor listed in the phone book.Sometimes, when facing an emergency, it’s very tempting just to turn to the phone book and hire the first contractor listed.

However, before hiring, this is perhaps the most important time to check out a contractor. Just caving into temptation to hire someone – anyone - may cost you more money than the job's worth. You need too calm down and keep a level head while you proceed to find a way out of the emergency.


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Since you're in a bad position - facing a burst pipe, broken heater or fried electrical system - a bad contractor might try to take advantage of you. After all, you're pressed up against a wall, willing to pay anything to get the lights back on again.

So, take care in an emergency situation to apply the rules of good common sense before hiring a contractor to handle the job. If you don't know a contractor that's reputable to contact, turning to the phone book in an emergency is certainly okay, but before you sign a contract, do take the time to check out the company.

If the contractor you hire in an emergency doesn't do the job right or charges too much, you'll be the one who pays. What's a few extra hours without heat compared to having the problem arise again and bringing with it more expenses? You might find yourself paying a lot more in the long run if you don't know what you're getting into.

Before hiring a contractor in an emergency, check out their licensing, references and insurance status. Make sure they operate reputably. Make sure their licensing is current.

Also, even in an emergency situation, it's a very good idea to get a written estimate and make sure a contract is signed for a big job. The contract should clearly spell out what work will be done, when and how much it will cost. Read it all the way through - fine print, too. Once you've done a little homework, remember to also follow your "gut impression." If you think a contractor is trying to take you to the cleaners, that's probably so.

Remember on pricing though that "emergency" repairs often cost more and rightfully so. This is especially so for jobs that are done in the middle of the night, on weekends or holidays. Expect to pay a little more, but expect and demand good service.
By checking out the contractor and making sure everything is in order, your emergency repair job shouldn't turn into an emptied bank account.

When it comes to electricity, there are some jobs that simply require the use of a knowledgeable
electrical wiring contractor.

Or if you wake up in the middle of the night to that dreaded sound - drip, drip, drop -
then you need a plumbing contractor

A roof is more than something over your head and if it leaks or you require a new one,
then you'll require roofing contractor.



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