Stamford, CONN. (PRWEB) July 27, 2005
So you want to make renovations to your home. YouÂve decided that the short-term disruptions to your life are worth the long-term capital gains, and now the only question is determining who will do the work. Members of AP9 AtHomeRewards, a leading membership discount program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC, will have an easier time with that question, because one of their membership benefits is a service that helps them find qualified, prescreened contractors.
Home repairs and improvements can generally be divided into two categories: do-it-yourself jobs and contracted jobs. If your renovations fall into the latter category, finding the right contractor should be at the top of your list of priorities. AP9 AtHomeRewards members can log on to Dealpass to find a service provider with over 40,000 pre-screened contractors, as well as a wide variety of benefits to save money on home improvement materials.
To help you find the right contractor and manage the renovation process more effectively, AP9AtHomeRewards offers the following tips:
-- Before making any phone calls, write down what you want to do and how you want to have it done. This is known as the Âscope-of-workÂ for your project. These specifications will help you get more accurate estimates and maintain control over the progress of the job once the contractor has started.
-- Do your research. Talk to at least three contractors, and check at least two references for each one. ÂWord of mouthÂ advertising is very useful in the screening process. Use your network of friends and neighbors to get names and numbers, and, if possible, talk to an insurance agent or broker; they usually know reliable, reasonably-priced contractors with good reputations.
-- Besides good references, the contractor you hire should have two licenses: a business license and a certification of professional competence. While these licenses donÂt guarantee success, at least youÂll know that a governmental institution has certified the contractor.
-- Find out if the contractor has a professional bond. While itÂs not required, some contractors like to have this back-up insurance, especially for larger, complicated jobs. Depending on the complexity of your job, you may also want to take out short-term property or liability insurance.
--Another factor in your decision is the type of contract you want to sign: fixed-fee or time-and-materials. With fixed-fee contracts, youÂll know exactly how much youÂll pay for the job, what it is that you want done and when it will be completed. With a time-and-materials contract, the final cost and completion date are estimates, but you can work out the details of the job as you go along, ensuring that theyÂll meet your standards and taste.
In addition to convenient access to a pre-screened contractor service, AP9 AtHomeRewards also offers a wide variety of benefits that help members save money on home improvement materials, home furnishings and decor, family entertainment and much more.
About AP9 AtHomeRewards
AP9 AtHomeRewards is a leading membership discount program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC. Headquartered in Stamford, Conn., Adaptive Marketing is a category leader in both membership and loyalty programs, bringing value direct to consumers through an array of benefits in healthcare, discounts, security, personal property and personals. Members may access their benefits at DealPass, an online portal for Adaptive Marketing membership programs. With broad online and offline distribution capabilities, Adaptive Marketing offers its corporate client partners effective tools to enhance market presence, strengthen customer affinity and generate additional value through programs, such as AP9 AtHomeRewards.