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Hiring a contractor? Do your homework, before he does your home work!

Bids:

You should be prepared. Make a list of what you want done. Each contractor should be bidding on the same list. Always get three bids. All bids should be free. All bids should be in writing.

References:

Check out references. I had some driveway work done on my house. The contractor never followed through with my complaint six months later. He has my name on his list of references. When someone calls, I tell them “No, I’m not satisfied and do not recommend him:” Be sure to ask: how was the workmanship? Cleanliness? Were they satisfied? If possible, see the jobs. Check Yelp, Google and any other social means.

Contract:

As for the contract itself, the contract should include job specifications i.e.:

  • Detailed description of work to be done.

  • Materials to be used.

  • Cost of the job upon completion.

  • Payment schedule.

  • Permits needed and who is responsible for them.

  • Change order clause (any changes must be in writing).

  • Statement of insurance.

  • License number of the contractor.

  • Guaranty or warranty.

  • Method of debris removal and who will be responsible.

  • Start and completion dates.

Any contract signed at your house can be canceled within three days. Also get a release of liens at the time of paying the final payment. If you pay your contractor and he fails to pay any of or all of his “subs”, they in turn can sue you and put a lien on your house, forcing you to pay twice. Get the release of liens.

Finally, trust your instincts!! Your instinct has probably never failed you.

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Protection From Lightening

In large metropolitan communities, a complete lightening protection system (L.P.S.) usually is not needed.

These lightening protection systems incorporate a tall metal object at the peak of your roof. It is attached to numerous, heavy-duty metal cables that terminate into the earth. They are usually found in rural areas where houses or barns are the tallest buildings. The L.P.S. must be installed by a licensed and certified professional.

I use a whole house surge protector to protect my house. It is usually installed at your meter or circuit breaker panel and must also be installed by a licensed electrician. Having one installed at my house gives me a degree of confidence that in the event of an electrical strike, it won’t fry my computers, televisions, refrigerator or other electrical devices in my house.

That being said, you can and should use portable surge protectors, which are available at home, hardware, electronics stores and on the internet. All portable surge protectors are not the same or the same quality, so check out their reviews online.

In the meantime, if an electrical storm is in the area, unplug and disconnect televisions, computers and any expensive electronic devices (that might even include your newer expensive refrigerator).

Electrical storms cause surges and brown-outs that cost Americans millions of dollars annually. Remember this: if you hear thunder, lightening that is even up to ten miles away, can cause damage and still be dangerous.

Finally, It’s a good idea to check with your insurance company to see if you have coverage for a lightening fire or equipment damage.

Technihouse Inspections

4940 Rands Rd.

Bloomfield Hills, MI. 48302

Providing Home Inspections and Commercial Inspections in the Greater Detroit Area of Oakland, Wayne and Macomb Counties

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