building :: finding the right contractor

I'm sure you've heard horror stories about home repair and people being taken by fly by night contractors. Be smart and do your research first before jumping into the big project and shelling out a big deposit! When hiring a potential contractor, always check at least three of their references and by all means take a look at work they have done. There are also ways of checking on your contractor's reputation and credibility right from the comfort of your own home. There are actual websites out there that will do a record search for you and show you any court judgments, liens or lawsuits filed against them . One such website is called Court Records Search. For instance if you live in Oklahoma, you can check out their Oklahoma Court Records. They have an in depth search base on all and any court records, so are an excellent resource. You might want to use them to check on your neighbor, your employer / employees or even your latest boyfriend, too. ;) But don't be afraid to get your feet wet and get all this information up front. You don't want to be stuck with an incomplete cob job and a drained bank account! Once you feel comfortable with the contractor you've hired, sit back and enjoy the home building / renovation experience! ;)


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