Woman Warns of Bad Contractors 08 Jun 16

A St. Louis Park woman says she wants people to be aware of contractors that may not be up to par after she had a bad experience.

Jennifer Hamm recently told Fox 9 News that she paid a contractor, Mike Kappelhoff, $50,000 to build her dream house, but supplied only a partial demolition.  Kappelhoff says he intends to finish the job and return the Hamm family’s money.

Click here for a link to the FOX 9 story and more.

The Better Business Bureau has some tips to consider before hiring contractors.  They are:

  1. Ask at least three companies for bids based on the same requirements. Discuss the bids in detail with each contractor and ask them about variations in pricing. The lowest-priced bid may not be the best.
  2. Ask about the company’s insurance. Does it carry worker’s compensation, property damage and liability insurance? Ask for proof of insurance or for the name of an insurance agent you can call to verify the coverage.
  3. Ask whether the contractor is licensed for the type of work you need. Does the firm meet the bonding requirements of your town, county or state?
  4. Check with local authorities to find out whether permits are needed. The contractor should be aware of any permits or inspections that may be required.
  5. Ask the contractor to provide a lien waiver when the job is completed. A lien waiver is a statement that all suppliers and contractors have been paid for materials and labor. 
  6. Ask for a contract and read it. Get any verbal promises in writing. Make sure the contract includes the start date and expected completion date.
  7. Don’t pay the entire amount due until the work is completed and you are satisfied. Be careful if a contractor wants to be paid in full up front. In some cases, a contractor may need a down payment to cover materials. But the bulk of the money should not be due until the work is complete.

More information from the BBB is available by clicking here.