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How to Hire A Contractor in Norfolk & Your Payment Options

10 Tips Making sure your contractor in Norfolk measures up!


1-Hire only a licensed contractor in Norfolk. Ask to see license


2-Check contractor’s license at

or call 804-367-8511


3-Get three references, review past work


4-Get a couple of bids. Remember low bid is not necessarily a better bid


5-Get a written contract and be sure you understand the terms


6-Pay 10% down or $1000. whichever is less


7-Don’t let payments get ahead of work. Keep record of payments


8-Don’t make the final payment until you are satisfied with the



9-Don’t pay cash


10-Keep a job file of all the papers relating to the project including warranties


Espo Tip– Remember if it is not written into the contract then it might not happen!

(Reprint from DPOR Virginia)

Payment Options

You have several payment options for most home improvement and maintenance and repair projects.
For example, you can get your own loan or ask the contractor to arrange
financing for larger projects. For smaller projects, you may want to pay by
check or credit card. Avoid paying cash. Whatever option you choose, be sure
you have a reasonable payment schedule and a fair interest rate. Here are some
additional tips:

  • Try to limit your down payment. Some state laws limit the amount of money a contractor can request as a
    down payment. Contact your state or local consumer agency to find out what
    the law is in your area.
  • Try to make payments during the  project contingent upon completion of a defined amount of work. This way,
    if the work is not proceeding according to schedule, the payments also are
  • Don’t make the final payment or  sign an affidavit of final release until you are satisfied with the work
    and know that the subcontractors and suppliers have been paid. Lien laws
    in your state may allow subcontractors and/or suppliers to file a
    mechanic’s lien against your home to satisfy their unpaid bills. Contact
    your local consumer agency for an explanation of lien laws where you live.
  • Some state or local laws limit  the amount by which the final bill can exceed the estimate, unless you
    have approved the increase. Check with your local consumer agency.
  • If you have a problem with merchandise or services that you charged to a credit card and you have
    made a good faith effort to work out the problem with the seller, you have
    the right to withhold from the card issuer payment for the merchandise or
    services. You can withhold payment up to the amount of credit outstanding
    for the purchase, plus any finance or related charges.

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