10 questions to ask home remodeling contractor
10 questions to ask before hiring a contractor
When it comes to giving someone permission to work on part of your home, you’ll want to make sure that they are experienced and truly qualified to take on the job. Here are 10 questions you should ask home remodeling contractors before you hire them:
How long have you been in business and how much experience does your staff have?
Just like with any company, the longer it’s been in business, the better. While you don’t have to automatically cancel out all less experienced contractors, you might want to give more priority to the experienced ones.
Do you have a contracting license?
While not all states require that contractors be licensed, it’s best to hire one that is. By doing so, you can avoid liability that might otherwise fall upon you in the event that something goes wrong during the project.
Can I see your certificate of insurance?
It’s always better to see tangible proof than simply relying on word of mouth. Make sure to ask to see their certificate of insurance to avoid, as we mentioned earlier, being held liable for anything that might go wrong or any injuries that might occur during the project.
Will you obtain permits if necessary?
While not all contractors or contracting companies are required to obtain licenses for remodeling projects, a contractor doing so shows their willingness to work with you and be truly qualified to work on the project.
By when do you expect to complete the project?
You won’t be able to get an exact date, because project completion depends on other factors that can’t always be controlled (like the weather). However, it will enable you to expect the project to be completed around that date. If it’s not, you can expect an explanation as to why.
What is the payment schedule?
Paying for a project upfront is extremely risky for the homeowner. It’s best to ask for a payment schedule, in which you can pay for parts of the project as they are completed. It works out better for both you and the contractor you hire, since it reduces the chances of both homeowner and contractor being taken advantage of.
Approximately how many people will be working on this project?
You’ll want to know how many people will be working on your project. Additionally, you’ll want to know how often the project manager will be overseeing the project to make sure that the project is being handled properly.
What are the best times and methods of getting in contact with you?
Before the project gets started, make sure that you know which methods of communications are best for them, as well as what times are best to get in contact with them.
What warranties are offered for materials/labor?
You don’t want to have to pay out of pocket if an accident occurs and materials get damaged or a worker is injured, so make sure that you ask about warranties offered for materials and labor and make sure that they cover everything properly.
Do you have references or previous work I can review?
References are some of the most helpful people when it comes to home remodeling projects. They can show you the work that the contractor did in their home and even dicuss what it was like working with that contractor!