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How to Choose a Contractor

We have all seen the various home improvement shows on what can go wrong when choosing the wrong contractor.  There are many things to consider when choosing a contractor.  All contractors are not alike and therefore neither are the estimates.  Here are some guidelines to follow to help you choose the right contractor for the job!

 

  • Determine the type of project
    • New construction, remodel, or addition
  • Find contractors that are licensed and insured in the area for your type of projects
  • Check with county on contractors status
  • Review past client reviews
  • Review past projects
    • Check on website, walk current projects with contractor, and ask for references
  • Review materials
    • Verify the quality of the material
    • If you have a specific material you want to use clarify if they have work experience with the material
  • Confirm what all is included or excluded in the estimate
    • Not all estimates are apple to apples, read all line items
  • Discuss payment and draw schedules
    • Depending on scale of project the payments will be different
    • Never pay 100% up front
  • Verify warranty options
  • Ask questions
  • Discuss selection process and timeline
    • Verify the when and how long you have to make a selection on items

 

A great contractor stays on budget, on time, delivers high quality craftsmanship, and communicates with the customers.  Northern Precision Inc. is a licensed and insured contractor serving the southwest Florida area.  Our family owned company has built a reputation for high quality craftsmanship, timely projects, on budget, and great communication.  On a weekly bases we review the status of the project and if unable to be on site for project send pictures.  We look forward to working with you on your next building experience!

 

Call today for a FREE estimate 941-223-3559


How to Secure Your Home While Away

Every time we leave our homes we go through a mental list of things; did we turn off coffee maker, are all the lights off, did we close the garage, are all the doors locked.   Often we forget things that should be checked if leaving our home unattended for a week or more.  These items insure the safety of the home until we return.  Below we have created a checklist of items for those of us going on a long vacation or leaving our vacation homes for several months.

  1. Unplug all non-essential electronic items.  These items include toasters, alarm clocks, hair dryers, etc.  All other electronics such as TV and computer should be placed on a surge protector if not unplugged.
  2. Turn off all lights.  If you would like to have a home lit at certain times of day use a timer.
  3. Turn off main water to home unless in a condo or villa with indoor sprinkler system.  If water is off then the risk of water leak of home is reduced.
  4. Turn off water heater.  There is no need to keep water heated when not in use.
  5. Keep cabinets under sinks slightly open to allow for air flow.
  6. Close all blinds, shades, and curtains to reduce heat in home.
  7. Check all windows and doors are securely locked.
  8. If leaving a vehicle place on an alternative battery source to allow for easy startup of vehicle upon return.
  9. Leave a lanai door open if you have a pool being serviced while away.
  10. Turn humidistat on to 65% and air turned up to 82.
  11. Closet doors cracked for ventilation
  12. Pour bleach into toilets and wrap with plastic wrap.  Keeps water from staining toilet bowl and any pest from entering through toilet.
  13. Keep fridge and freezer plugged in and on.  If completely empty of all food and items set at a high temperature for greater efficiency.
  14. Set alarm to home if applicable
  15. Transfer or hold mail, DO NOT leave in mailbox.

After all these items have been checked off the list if you still are feeling unsure about leaving home for extended period call Northern Precision for house watch.  Our house watch program allows for a monthly check of your home to check for any issues.  Our team member walks the interior and exterior of the home checking all these items off the list. We provide storm shutter service prior to a storm and a check after a major storm for damages.   A report is then sent to the home owner with any issues we may have found.  Please see our attached checklist!

 

Call today to set up your home for house watch  941-223-3559