- Tips for hiring a contractor
Always get multiple written estimates.
Make sure the contractor — even an out-of-state contractor — is licensed in New Jersey. You can verify the contractor is licensed by calling the state Department of Labor at 1-888-656-6225. The contractor should provide their license number, which starts with “13VH.”
Get references and check them.
Cape May County residents can call the County Division of Consumer Affairs at 609-886-2903 to see if a contractor was subject to past complaints.
Get everything in writing: start and completion dates, contractor’s name, address and phone number, a precise description of the job, materials, sizes, quantities and brands and their estimated prices and any guarantees.
Do not pay in cash.
Pay in installments: one-third up front, one-third when the job is half-finished and one-third when the job is completed to your satisfaction.
Source: Cape May County Department of Consumer Affairs
Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 7:43 pm
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