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12 Tips for Hiring a Remodeling Contractor

  • 1. Get at least three written estimates.
  • 2. Get references and call to check on the work. If possible, go by and visit earlier jobs.
  • 3. Check with the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau for complaints.
  • 4. Be sure that the contract states exactly what is to be done and how change orders will be handled.
  • 5. Make as small a downpayment as possible so you won't lose a lot if the contractor fails to complete the job.
  • 6. Be sure that the contractor has the necessary permits, licenses, and insurance.
  • 7. Be sure 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.
  • 8. Ask if the contractor's workers will do the entire job or whether subcontractors will do parts.
  • 9. Get the contractor to indemnify you if work does not meet any local building codes or regulations.
  • 10. Be sure that the contract specifies the contractor will clean up after the job and be responsible for any damage.
  • 11. Guarantee that materials used meet your specifications.
  • 12. Don't make the final payment until you're satisfied with the work.