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Questions To Ask About Your Contractor

Questions To Ask About Your Contractor By AJ Fanter
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

You've planned your remodeling project, researched costs, interviewed contractors, and compared job estimates. However, before you hire your remodeling contractor, there's one very important step remaining: check your contractor's references.

Here are a few of the questions you should ask a prospective contractor's prior clients to find out if they are the right contractor for you.

Hiring the Right Remodeling Contractor

Because your home is likely to be your most valuable asset, it is important to choose a remodeling contractor who is both competent and reliable. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends checking out your contractor's work history by asking those who have first-hand experience… your contractor's prior clients.

What to Ask Former Clients

After obtaining the names of at least three of your remodeling contractors' clients, the FTC suggests that you ask the following:
  • Were you satisfied with your remodeling project?
  • Was your remodeling project completed on time?
  • Did the contractor keep you informed about problems and provide regular status updates as the project progressed?
  • Did the workers show up on time?
  • Did the contractor clean up after finishing the job?
  • Were there any unexpected costs? If the answer is yes, be sure and find out what the costs were.
  • Would you rehire this contractor for another remodeling job?
  • Do you feel comfortable recommending this contractor?
  • May I visit your home and see how your remodel turned out?

Based on the answers you receive you'll know if the contractor you are considering is the right contractor for your home improvement project.


About the Author
AJ Fanter is a freelance writer based in Reno, NV.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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