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** Contact us before you see an insurance adjuster **

Whether you need a new roof, a new deck or some masonry work done, finding a competent and reliable contractor is the first step to a successful and satisfying home improvement project. 


We recommend asking the following questions when choosing your contractor: 


  • Are you a licensed in the State of Michigan? Ask for the license number and verify their license. (see link below on this page). 
  • Are there any complaints against you?  (see link below)
  • Are city inspectors favorable? The best way to check out a contractor is to talk to the city inspector (city of contractor). 
  • Can you show proof of a certificate of insurance for both liability and workers' compensation?  If a contractor does not have workers' compensation coverage, workers who are injured while working on your home could sue you. 
  • Do you warrant your work?
  • Do you have references relevant to my project?
  • Will you provide a complete written estimate with a fixed price for the work?  Do you provide written change estimates?
  • Are you easy to reach to answer a question?  Do you respond to questions or issues in a timely manner?
  • How is the operation managed?
  • Do I feel comfortable with and trust the person I am about to hire? 
  • Do you provide a waiver of lien as needed? 


Check a License Here  

Don’t Get Nailed

Not all contractors operate within the law. Here are some tip-offs to potential rip-offs. A less than reputable contractor:


  • solicits door-to-door 
  • offers you discounts for finding other customers 
  • just happens to have materials left over from a previous job 
  • only accepts cash payments 
  • asks you to get the required building permits 
  • does not list a business number in the local telephone directory 
  • tells you your job will be a "demonstration" 
  • pressures you for an immediate decision 
  • offers exceptionally long guarantees 
  • asks you to pay for the entire job up-front 
  • suggests that you borrow money from a lender the contractor knows. If you’re not careful, you could lose your home through a home improvement scam.


Check a License Here