A house becomes a home when the homeowner achieves that “lived in” feeling. Every homeowner wants their home to be attractive and functional. Sometimes, it is the ‘little things’ that make that happen. For instance, converting a sun drenched back yard into a shaded oasis requires an awning, the installation of which should be done by an experienced installer.
As a consumer, one must tread carefully. Ask your friends and neighbors who they used. Visit the contractor’s showroom to see an example of their work. Check references and, if possible, visit the home where the work was performed. Ask how many years the contractor has been in business; you don’t want to hire someone who is here today and gone tomorrow! It is also important to determine whether or not they’re insured and licensed where required. Always request a certificate of insurance for both worker’s compensation and liability.
Have the contractor visit your home and discuss the work to be performed. Ask for a written proposal which should include:
- Transaction Date-This is the date on which the contractor and consumer sign the contract.
- Start Date-This avoids misunderstandings about the start date. Determine if the contractor will apply for any permits, order materials and schedule subcontractors – prior to actually appearing on the job site.
- Completion Date-The contract must include a completion date for the project.
- Notice of Cancellation-Both the homeowner and contractor retain a copy of the contract which should include the date by which the homeowner may cancel the transaction.
Be sure the contract contains the name and address of the contractor. Discuss the payment schedule and be sure it is incorporated into the contract. Finally, be certain the contract spells out any guarantees and warranties.
If you’re in the market for an awning you can visit the Dutchess Awnings showroom in Hopewell Junction, NY or call us with any questions at 845-226-3039. We service the following counties Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, and Western Connecticut.