How do I find a reputable contractor in another state?
My aunt lives in another state and needs a ramp built so she can get in and out of her house easier. She's got no children so I am her helper, which is fine, but I have no idea where to start looking for reputable contractors. Any ideas for where to start looking and will I need to fly out there since she lives two states away? I just don't want her to be taken advantage of, but I'm not sure I can offer much in the way of help since I normally go through friends for things like this.
To find a reputable contractor start by looking for a CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) in your aunt's area. These are contractors who have been specially trained to serve the needs of people who want to continue to live at home as they age. They must be licensed and insured and abide by a code of ethics. Many of these contractors are listed here at caring.com. You can find this list of CAPS contractors at our directory of contractors
You can also find a complete list of CAPS contractors at:
Just select CAPS under designation.
Here are some general guidelines when looking for a contractor:
Always get everything in writing
Ask for references, license, and insurance
Ask around. If you have friends who live near your aunt, ask if
they have had experience with local contractors, or know others
- Get several estimates if you can. Just be aware that the lowest
price isn't always the best value.
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