Guidelines for Finding a General or Specialized Contractor
- Good Candidate should have expertise in the renovation project
- Reliable Contractor will carry current Contractors Insurance
- Contractor should have numerous references and recommendations
- Check with you local building authority for any violations or legitimate complaints against the Contractor
Resources available for finding a Reliable Contractor
- Word of mouth from family, friends, neighbors
- Local Building Authorities
- Local Classified or yellow page advertisements
- Local building or trade associations
Always look for a Contractor that lives and runs their business in close proximity in your area.
Make sure Contractors know where the job site is located, extent of renovation/ remodeling, expected budget, and desired start and completion timetable.
When Interviewing a Contractor
- Ask for verification of current licenses, insurance coverage, and bonding (if required)
- List of references; especially recent projects
- Their experience with projects similar to yours
- Their detailed, itemized quote, including labor, materials, permits, or costs. Also projected hours of time spent on your project, start and finish dates.
- Contractor warranties on materials and workmanship.
- Frequency that contractor will be on site to supervise workers or sub- contractors
- Will the contractor be working on other projects besides your own, if yes, ask about dedicated time each day/week for your project.
Take the time to discuss details. This will show you the contractor’s demeanor. Ask to visit the current job site to observe their work style, workmanship, and how they interact with others.
Be thorough in your wants and expectations; be willing to comprise for the purpose of project success. Have a clear picture of your completed project. If you have taken the time to prepare, you won’t be changing your mind through out the project adding further expense and delaying your project.
This article is for informational purposes only and does not contain or convey legal advice. The information herein should not be used or relied upon in regard to any particular facts or circumstances without first consulting an attorney.