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Protecting Your Home > Dealing with Contractors

When selecting a contractor: 

  • Ask for proof of insurance
  • Ask for references
  • Ask for written estimates
  • Ask for a written contract
  • Ask for any guarantees in writing
  • Obtain a copy of the final signed contract
  • Avoid cash payments
  • Don't sign off before the job is finished
  • Check several firms and their reputations
  • Look out for "special deals" or contractors who want to use your home as a "model home."
  • Get your permits: and inspections
  • If you are a victim of fraud or have problems with a less than reputable contractor,
    contact the Louisiana Attorney General's office  225-326-6705, http://www.ag.state.la.us/; or the Texas Attorney General's office at 512-463-2100, https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/.