Guide To Seawalls


  • Compare plans and specs. Make sure you are comparing apples to apples; in many cases the lowest bid is not the best value.
  • Compare quality and workmanship.
  • Physically look at contractor's previous work. In most cases, this will be the deciding factor.
  • Check for license, there can be a find imposed upon the homeowner if found guilty of hiring a contractor without a proper license.
  • Check to see if the contractor is in good standing with local building department.
  • Require that the contractor supply you with proof of workman's compensation.  If a contractor does not have it, and one of his employees are injured on your property, you could be liable.
  • Will the contractor give any type of structural warranty?
  • How long has the contractor been in business, will he be there to honor the warranty, if necessary?
  • Does the contractor have an experienced workforce that is large enough to complete the contract in a timely manner?
  • Every contractor has their own designs, some are better than others.
  • Ask for references from other customers.
  • Be careful of contractors requiring money up front.  There have been cases where contractors have obtained a deposit and never returned to complete the contract. Payments should be made only on completed work. The owner should retain a large enough portion of the contract amount to insure the job's completion.  Final payment should not be paid until work is completed to owner's satisfaction and the contractor provides a final release of lien.

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