CAUTION: See links at for more help, there are contractors in the oklahoma that are taking advantage of people, they say they are Pole barn builders, barn builders, general contractor and so on, they advertise they work in oklahoma, kansas, texas and arkansas. below is info that you need to check out and for more info email ken@barnscam.net to receive more info,  If you know of other barn builders or contractors that need to be on this list please send info.

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Here are questions you should ask your contractor before you sign a contract. -- Read all below --

Are they licensed to work in the state, county or town? - If the contractor isn't licensed, he or she can't pull the building permits  necessary to do the job. Be wary if the contractor expects you to pull permits -- this could put your project in jeopardy if the building inspector finds fault with the construction, YOU will be considered at fault and will be fined per day. Ask for there drivers licenes and make sure its valid, then check to see if there office address is the same as on there driver licenese, you also need there FIN number or there social security number so you can file for your tax deductions and that internal revenue service has a report of there income.
Do they have worker’s compensation, personal liability and property damage insurance? - Make sure you’re not liable for an injury incurred on your property. If additional employees or subcontractors will work on your job, they need to carry their own insurance, or have worker's compensation insurance under the contractor's policy, if they dont and someone gets hurt, you will be sued and end up paying for all hospital bills and time off of work, and if that person dose is not able to work for the rest of his life then you will pay....

What projects have you done that are similar to this job? - A contractor might have 20 years' experience building new homes, but you don't want to be the test subject for someone's first year of trying something new.

Ask to contact previous clients who had similar work done? - References from recent clients that will give you honest and relevant feedback, but clients from several years ago can tell you how the work held up, and if the contractor honored any of his warranties.

How long have they worked with their current employees and subcontractors? - Consider it a good sign if a contractor has a long-standing relationship with his subs, because it means they work well together and he pays them on time. I also require lien releases from all employees and subs before work starts, the reason is that i cannot control what they buy and how they work, If the contractor sends them to order anything and they do not pay for it because the contractor said he would. this will result in the supplier putting a lein on your property.

Do they have financial references from suppliers? - A reputable contractor should have accounts in good standing with his main suppliers for lumber, cabinets, and other expensive materials. it would also be best to get lien releases from all there suppliers, in most states like oklahoma if the contractor dose not pay his suppliers they will come to you for payment and have the right to put a lein on your property.

How long will my project take? - Get an approximate start date and timeline for your project. Bear in mind that construction can be an art, not a science, and many things -- including weather and slow suppliers -- can hold up progress through no fault of the contractor. put a completation date in the agreement and allow only for weather, and always require tha time is of the essence in your agreement this says that time is very important and if not done on the contract due date the contractor is in default and you can sue for damages.

Have a written detailed estimate? - The estimate should cover costs for materials, labor, demolition and clean-up, permits, inspections, certified building prints accepted by the city, land or property prepraption, it is best to add that the job is a 'turn key job' , also make sure they have a start and finish date.

What is your standard payment schedule? - Reach an agreement about how and when your contractor will be paid, and put it in writing, make sure that you have at least 50% of the total job still due at the end of the job, this gives the contractor motivation to finish your job, I pefer to offer a letter of credit to pay in full at the end of the job, this way only contractors that can afford to be in business can do the job, if the contractor has a working communication with there bank they can take that letter of credit to the bank and there bank will provide all the funds they need, but if their bank dose not trust them, then why whould you.!!! Most scams will not deal with a letter of credit because it is to hard to scam you.

Do they guarantee there work and materials? - Find out how long and under which circumstances the contractor will make good on any workmanship that doesn’t last. Get this in writing, remember this is only good if they are still in business and they can afford to keep there word. if they dont supply a bond to back up there gaurntee, then there probebly is no gauntree. if they dont have a bond they you have no way to collect if they fail to fix the problems or if they go out of business, SO require them to be bonded..


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