The March /April 2010 edition of the BBB Beacon, The Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio's newsletter, had an article entitled Things to Consider Before You Hire a Contractor. It is very well written and offers great advice, so I am going to paraphrase it for you.
1) Before hiring a contractor, make sure you obtain written estimates based upon the same building specs, materials and time frame.
2) Do not automatically choose the lowest bid; identify the reasons why one bid may be lower than another. Professionalism and quality workmanship should weigh heavily in your decision.
3) Insist on a written contract making sure all the promises and agreements are in writing. The contract should include a written description of the work to be done, starting and completion dates, the costs, payment schedule, any warranties or guarantees and clean-up after the job. The contract should note specific products, style numbers and colors when possible. If the contract was signed in your home with the contractor present, you have three days to change your mind and cancel the contract.
4) Be skeptical of those companies who solicit business door to door offering you a low price because they have left over supplies or try to pressure you to make a decision on the spot.
5) Make sure the contractor is licensed to complete the type of work they are selling and make sure you have the necessary permits to comply with your area regulations. Permits, licensing and registration requirements vary from city to city and county to county. Contact your local building registration office or city licensing board for the necessary requirements before hiring a contractor.
I recommend you visit the Better Business Bureau website to check out your chosen contractor before you sign a contract. Visit www.bbb.org and enter your zip code to find the BBB nearest you. We are accredited through the Central Ohio office. Yoder Concrete Construction, LLC has an A+ rating with the BBB, meaning we are complaint free with them. Another great site to visit is their blog at http://www.bbb.org/us/article/home-contractors-tip-offs-to-potential-rip-offs-536.
Do you have any horror stories of a contractor that you wish you hadn't hired? Share your story to warn others what to avoid. I'd love to hear from you. Happy contractor shopping!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
On March 18, 2010, Co-owner and President, Jeff Yoder, went to Beavercreek Ohio to attend the Ohio Ready Mixed Concrete Association's Residential Flatwork training. There was a class in the morning and then an exam after lunch to test him on his knowledge of placing residential flatwork. (Just to clarify, flatwork to a concrete person refers to any concrete placed horizontally, such as a driveway, sidewalk, patio, garage floor, etc.) Those persons who scored 70% or higher on the exam received a certificate stating that they had "successfully demonstrated the fundamental knowledge of the Residential Concrete Flatwork Course and (are) hereby acknowledged as a Certified Residential Concrete Flatwork Finisher." Having placed concrete flatwork for many years, and also already being an ACI Certified Flatwork Finisher, Jeff didn't have any trouble completing this exam and actually scored a 100% on the exam. He also received a nice jacket that has "Certified Finisher" embroidered on it. Congratulations on this achievement, Jeff!
I would also like to take this time to introduce you to Jon Alspaugh. He started with Yoder Concrete Construction, LLC on March 8, 2010 as our Project Estimator / Project Superintendent. He has extensive background in industrial services, project estimating and supervision. He shares the vision that we have for our company and is striving to build relationships with existing customers as well as develop new relationships to move us forward in this challenging economy.
I hope you are enjoying the spring weather God has given us. May you be blessed this day and beyond.