Homeowners should know subcontractors working on your house

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A contractor may hire subcontractors who specialize in certain trades.
LEWISTON, ID - In a large project, it's not unusual for a contractor to hire subcontractors who specialize in certain trades, whether it be a plumber, electrician, even roofers.

But it's important for you to know who they are hiring.

"As the homeowner you should be involved in the process of choosing subcontractors so ask for a list of subcontractors the contractor will potentially use and then check them out yourself," said
Angie's List owner Angie Hicks. Check them out on Angie's List, check with friends and family and find out exactly who is going to be working on your house."

To avoid unexpected fees or liens, homeowners should consider always including a lien waiver clause in the project's contract."

"That's basically going to protect you against the contractor not paying the subcontractor because if the contractor doesn't pay his subs, they could potentially put a lien against your property," said Hicks. "If the contractor refuses to have a lien waver it's a red flag and you should walk away."

One of the most essential things to know about liens and lien releases is how they're enforced in your area. Although the general principle is usually the same, each state or municipality has different standards so make sure you know what you're getting into.