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Many of us put off repairs until it’s time to sell. If your home needs work to get a better price from a buyer, here are some suggestions to make sure you get good work done and in the timeframe you need.

1. Get at least three written estimates.

2. Check references. If possible, view earlier jobs the contractor completed.

3. Check with the local authorities for complaints.

4. Be sure the contract states exactly what is to be done and how change orders will be handled.

5. Make as small a down payment as possible so you won’t lose a lot if the contractor fails to complete the job.

6. Be sure that the contractor has the necessary permits, licenses, and insurance.

7. Check that the contract states when the work will be completed and what recourse you have if it isn’t.

8. Ask if the contractor’s workers will do the entire job or whether subcontractors will be involved too.

9. Get the contractor to indemnify you if work does not meet any local building codes or regulations.

10. Be sure that the contract specifies the contractor will clean up after the job and be responsible for any damage.

11. Guarantee that the materials that will be used meet your specifications.

12. Don’t make the final payment until you’re satisfied with the work.

Check with our Coldwell Banker agents for advice on what repairs you need to make to sell for top dollar.