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  1. #1
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    Contractor provided references

    When the is a news segment or magazine article about how to find a good reputable contractor we are always told to ask for references and to actually call them to see if they are happy with the service they received. I always wonder who these references are and why would they be willing to talk to total strangers who call asking if they are happy with work they had done. I would feel strange calling and asking them. Do they get a lot of calls from potential customers? Why would they be willing to do this? I just don't get it, can some one shed some light on this for me?

    Thanks

    Rob


  2. #2
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    Nov 2006
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    Oregon
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    References provided by the contractor are nearly useless because the contractor will likely give you a "cherry picked" list.

    Try and find them on your own by networking with friends and neighbors. I'd also look at bbb.org and research any dispute history and resolution %. Do similar research your state's contractor licensing board.

  3. #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by davefr View Post
    References provided by the contractor are nearly useless because the contractor will likely give you a "cherry picked" list.

    Try and find them on your own by networking with friends and neighbors. I'd also look at bbb.org and research any dispute history and resolution %. Do similar research your state's contractor licensing board.


    We giive customers a list with over 200 hundred names, hard to cherry pick them all.....

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