What should I consider before hiring a contractor?

Q. What are some things I should consider when hiring a remodeling contractor?

A. If you are considering a remodeling project it is important to select a remodeling contractor who understands your needs, effectively listens and communicates with you and stands behind their work. There are many contractors who seeks your business, but keep in mind, your home is too important to entrust to just anyone.

When you hire a contractor, you are buying a service rather than a product. The quality of the contractor’s service will show the quality of the finished product and your satisfaction with it. If you are interviewing more than one contractor, make a decision based on the company’s professionalism and track record, not price.

Before hiring a professional contractor, verify the following:

  • The contractor has a current license. If in doubt, check with Regional Building Department or State Licensing.
  • The contractor has proof of liability insurance and workman’s compensation.
  • References. Don’t hesitate to call past clients to see if the contracted work was satisfactorily executed and performed on schedule.
  • Obtain and verify the contractor’s phone number and place of business.

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