Verify that the contractor has the proper license and insurance for his/her profession. Most important is Workers’ Compensation
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followed by General Liability and Auto.
Ask for and check the contractor’s references.
Ask for and check that employees have current, legal and appropriate working documents.
Have a written contract between you and the contractor listing the specifics of the job and any materials being used. The state of Massachusetts requires any job over $1000 (One Thousand Dollars) to be in writing. This does not bar you from requesting the details of a job to be in writing for any amount, even less than $1000.
Refuse any additional work without a written agreement between you and the contractor specifying the details of the added job.
Have a pay schedule between you and the contractor. This should be specified in the contract with regards to deposit, frequency and amount of payments, and any finance charge.
Ask about follow-up tasks, if needed. Will the contractor return to fine- tine, or to do smaller jobs later.
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