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So, you are thinking about hiring a contractor to perform construction on your property. This could end up being a very pleasant experience or you could end up regretting it for the rest of your life. We encourage you to educate yourself on the hiring of a contractor before you actually do it. This could save you a lot of money.

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Buyer beware! Oh, you’ve heard that one before. It won’t happen to you, though. It’s always the other person. Well, we have heard enough first hand stories from our clients to know the odds are good that it could happen to you. What is good to know is that with a little knowledge and a few questions asked you could save yourself a lot of hassle.

Contracts. Isn’t that the name of the business – literally!? When entering into a contract, be sure you understand what you are signing and what you will be getting for the sum you have agreed to pay. Deposits should be a reasonable amount to get a project started. Be wary of people who want too much money up front. Remember that one of the purposes of the contract is to lay out the ground rules for the job for both parties. It is meant to prevent problems before they happen.

Licensed and Insured? “Yeah, sure. Here’s my occupational license and I’ve got a copy of my truck insurance in the glove box.” If you go this route you are definitely headed for trouble. In the marine construction industry the requirements for these two things are much greater and you will be much better off with a contractor who had the proper credentials. How do you know if the company you are hiring has these credentials? There are two simple things you can ask for with your proposal: a copy of their contractors license and a certificate of insurance.

Permits. They’re only for new home construction, right? Wrong. Permits are now required for a lot more things than you might think. Docks. Seawalls. Fences. Even the removal of trees. It’s easy to pretend that they don’t exist but the government doesn’t accept ignorance as an excuse. Just ask the IRS. More and more property owners are getting turned in for lack of permits now than ever. Don’t be one of them. It’ll cost you!