12 Tips for Hiring a Remodeling Contractor
- Get at least three written estimates.
- Check references. If possible, view earlier jobs the contractor
- Check with the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau for
- 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 wonâ€™t lose a lot if
the contractor fails to complete the job.
- Be sure that the contractor has the necessary permits, licenses, and
- Check that the contract states when the work will be completed and what
recourse you have if it isnâ€™t. Also, remember that in many instances you can
cancel a contract within three business days of signing it.
- Ask if the contractorâ€™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.
- Donâ€™t make the final payment until youâ€™re satisfied with the work.
Fred Yancy, Broker