NDOL Urges Nebraskans to be Cautious When Hiring Contractors
As the agency enforcing Nebraska’s Contractor Registration Act, the Nebraska Department of Labor (dol.nebraska.gov) reminds Nebraskans to use caution when hiring contractors to repair or remodel their homes and businesses.
Make sure all contractors you speak with are registered with the Nebraska Department of Labor and are in compliance with local licensing and building permit requirements. A searchable listing of registered contractors is available at dol.nebraska.gov.
Consumers can minimize the chances of being scammed by an unscrupulous contractor by following these recommendations:
• Beware of a contractor who makes you an unsolicited offer by showing up at your doorstep with a great deal. They’ll give you “a special deal,” but only if you decide to have the work done today. This type of “repair” contractor usually demands a big payment up front, may want to be paid in cash, and may try to talk you into unnecessary repairs.
• Check references. Get at least three to four references from previous customers. Verify the contractor’s business phone and address, and do a search on the Internet for any complaints.
• Get written estimates, a written contract, proof of insurance, and a written warranty. Never agree to an oral estimate or a verbal contract.
Consumers following the above recommendations can greatly increase their chances of having a positive experience when using the services of a construction contractor. For more information, go to the Nebraska Department of Labor website at dol.nebraska.gov or call (402) 471-2239.
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