12 Tips for Hiring a Remodeling Contractor

  • Get at least three written estimates.
  • Check references. If possible, view earlier jobs the contractor completed.
  • Check with the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau for complaints.
  • Be sure the contract states exactly what is to be done and how change orders will be handled.
  • Make as small of a down payment as possible so you won't lose a lot if the contractor fails to complete the job.
  • Be sure that the contractor has the necessary permits, licenses, and insurance.
  • Check that the contract states when the work will be completed and what recourse you have if it isn't. Also, remember that in many instances you can cancel a contract within three business days of signing it.
  • Ask if the contractor's workers will do the entire job or whether sub-contractors will be involved too.
  • Get the contractor to indemnify you if work does not meet any local building codes or regulations.
  • Be sure that the contract specifies the contractor will clean up after the job and be responsible for any damage.
  • Guarantee that the materials that will be used meet your specifications.
  • Don't make the final payment until you're satisfied with the work.

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