Your home is likely your biggest investment. These helpful tips & hints from McKan Construction will get your project started in the right direction.

1. Make a project list. Write down what you would like done, note any ‘must-haves’ and outline your wish-list. Photos from magazines and social media sites are always helpful.

2. Set a Budget – know what you can afford to spend.

3. Make sure your Contractor…

  • Has a current license with the county (and town if applicable).
  • Has insurance for personal liability, injury and property damage.
  • Has references and a history of successful completed projects similar to yours.
  • Has a clean record with Consumer Affairs or the Better Business Bureau.

4.  About Contracts…

  • Get it in writing! Make sure that all promises, including a project start date, specific list of materials, payment schedule and the expected completion date are given to you in writing.
  • Don’t pay a large down payment before work begins. Negotiate only reasonable payments that are tied to completion of a specific work.
  • IMPORTANT!! The law gives you three days to cancel a home improvement contract. Cancellation must be in writing and should be sent to the contractor by certified mail, return receipt requested.

5.  During and After the Job

  • Check the Materials. Examine fixtures and other materials before installation.
  • Identify unsatisfactory work and have it corrected as soon as possible.
  • Get specifics on Extra Work and Unexpected Charges. Additional materials and other changes may be needed during the job. All changes or extra work should be detailed in writing.

Suffolk County Consumer Affairs