Handy Tips for choosing your contractor

Check References

Ask the contractor for local references. Call to see if they were satisfied with the work. A reputable contractor will be proud to list their references. If possible, visit a job in progress to see how the contractor works. Talk to the customer about work habits, costs, and the contractor's level of cooperation. Find out if the contractor has maintained the work schedule and honored the terms of the contract.

Is the Cement Contractor Insured?

In Nova Scotia, the law requires workers compensation insurance coverage for licensed contractors. Ask the contractor if his company is insured against property damage, and personal liability in case of accidents. Ask to see a copy of the certificate of insurance (or ask for the name of your contractor's insurance carrier and agency) to verify that the contractor has insurance.

Get Competitive Bids

Do not automatically accept the contractor with the lowest price.

First, make sure all bids are based on the same set of service and equipment specifications. Discuss the bids in detail with each contractor and make sure you understand the reasons for variations in price. A higher price may be your lowest overall cost if the materials used are of higher quality or the work is more complete.

Beware of a bid that is substantially lower than others. It indicates the contractor has made a mistake or is not including all of the work (and/or material) quoted by competitors. You are sure to have a dispute with an contractor if you accept a low bid based on an error or misunderstanding.