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SWi offers 3 tips to keep you from getting bamboozled by a contractor

Has spring fever got you excited about planning this summer's home improvement project? One of the most crucial steps in this process is choosing the right contractor. SWi wants you to be informed before you hire someone. "It's important to hire someone who has the qualifications and know-how to get the job done," explained Mark Olson, owner of SWi, LLC, in Powell. SWi offers these tips to all homeowners who are searching for their next contractor: 1. *Do Your Research.* Are they licensed? Have they done this type of work before? If they have never put up an ornamental iron fence and gate before, chances are they will struggle to get your job done and potentially could cost you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in unnecessary costs. 2. *Ask Around. *There's nothing more telling than the experience of others. Word of mouth can be your most reliable review and can help you discover if a contractor is the right one for your job. Ask your neighbor or coworkers who they have used and if the experience was a positive one. Look for a company that has a long track record. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 63.6% of construction companies fail in the first 5 years of business. It’s important to choose someone who will be around to service their work, should an issue arise. There really isn’t any substitute for experience. 3. *Know What to Look Out For. *A good contractor will always provide a detailed, written proposal describing the work and the exact materials they plan to use. For a project like a fence, drawings also are a good way to eliminate errors during construction. Under no circumstances should you pay 100% up front. "Time and time again, we hear what a frustrating experience customers have had getting return calls, and then receiving a bid if they were able to get a contractor to look at their project,” Olson said. "If you experience poor service before the sale, it usually doesn’t get better during the construction." The Olsons have been providing quality service since 1994, specializing in fencing, landscaping, and sprinkler systems. Whether you would like to consult with an expert about installation or you just need parts to install yourself, the experts at SWi are happy to provide advice and planning support for your project. Stop by SWi , located at 988 Road 8 in Powell, or call 307-754-8166