Tips for Homeowners

  • Ask the Maryland Home Improvement Commission if complaints have been filed against a contractor and whether they have been resolved or are still open.
  • Request references from a prospective contractor and check them.
  • Get a copy of the contractor's current liability insurance certificate.
  • Always get a written contract.
  • Pay no more than one third of the contract price as down payment.
  • If a building permit is needed, ask to see it before work starts.