When it comes to successful home renovation projects, choosing the right contractor for the job is an important first step. Whether you're remodeling a bathroom, building a deck or removing an underground storage tank, slow down and do some research. If you don't choose the right contractor, you could end up disappointed in the work, feeling swindled and needing someone else to finish the job.
Get a referral from someone you know. People love updating their
homes so you should have no trouble coming up with a list of contractors. Sometimes it's difficult to find a company that performs work on petroleum storage tanks. We have a list of folks in our TESTIMONIAL section that are very satisfied with our services.
Hire a contractor who specializes in the type of work you need done. Someone you hire to install wood flooring or to build a deck should be a carpentry contractor, while someone you hire to remove an underground storage tank should specialize in tank work. There are many different trade certifications, so be sure to check the title on your contractor's certification to make sure he or she is a specialist.
Check licenses and insurance. Ask the contractor for copies of the following documents: Contractor's License and Certificates of Insurance. A reputable contractor will have no problem providing copies of these documents.
Check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to find out if complaints have ever been filed or are outstanding against the contractor. Beware of companies who display the BBB Logo on their information to make it appear they are members. Our information can be found
We have discovered a lot of companies in the Northern Virginia area performing tank removals without the proper licensing and insurance. Don't be afraid to ask for proof of licensing and insurance. We can make these documents available at your request.
Tips & Warnings
Hire a contractor who seems professional and knowledgeable.
Check with your county or city building department about whether a permit is required for the work to be done. If a permit is required, the liability is on the owner of the property to procure the permit or authorize the contractor to pull the permit.
Don't hire unlicensed contractors to do the job. If you do, you
will have no recourse should you be unhappy with the job or should you have code or permit violations cited by your county.
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Billy Willard, Author
I have been involved in the environmental consulting field since 1995. I have been involved in removing and the remediation of hundreds of oil tanks.