CHOOSING A HOME BUILDER
WHY USE A SACG MEMBER? - WHY WOULDN'T YOU?
When looking at a building or remodeling project you and need a reliable suppler of products and services. All our members are insured, licensed by the State of Michigan, and follow a strict Code of Ethics. All this helps to protect your interests.
Feel good about using a member because they give back to the community that supports them. Community projects and local scholarships are just two examples of the Association's commitment to our community. Also, our members are enriched through our educational programs so you can be assured that the member you choose has the opportunity to be up to date on new regulations and the cutting edge technologies.
Use a SACG member to get the job done efficiently and to your liking. You owe it to yourself.
CHECKLIST FOR SELECTING A CONTRACTOR:
If you're considering building a new home or remodeling the home you're in now, here's a checklist to help you select your contractor:
- Do they have a permanent business address?
- Can they provide references?
- Ask to see their state license or contact the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services' License Verification Unit at 900-555-8374.
- Do they have liability insurance and workers compensation coverage? Note: If you hire someone who is unlicensed and/or uninsured you may be held liable for any injuries that occur while working on your property.
- How long have they been in business?
- Check with your city building department for any local complaints.
- Check with your county clerk to make sure there are no civil suits against the contractor.
- Check with the Better Business Bureau or Chamber of Commerce.
- Make sure you receive a complete, clearly written contract for the work to be done.
- Do not pay cash up front unless you have a signed valid contract.
- Beware of bids which are too low or unreasonably out of line with other bids. Be sure the estimates specify the total price and the method of payment, the kind and quality of materials to be used and the estimated length of time it will take to complete the work.