Getting ready to hire a remodeling contractor for a home improvement project? Chances are you already know you need to get estimates and interview at least two or three contractors before making your selection. Unfortunately, during the interview process many homeowners focus solely on asking what the home improvement project is going to cost and how long it's going to take to complete.
By AJ Fanter
December 31, 1969
While these are important, they aren't the only things you should know about your contractor prior to starting your remodeling project. Here are some suggestions from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry on what you should ask prospective contractors.
More than Cost and Timing
According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), during your interviews you should be asking lots of questions about the contractor's credentials, experience, and business operations. Some suggestions include:
- How long have you been working in the remodeling industry?
- Do you have a valid contractor's license? (Not all states require this. Check with your local agencies.)
- Who's doing work, employees or subcontractors? Who will be supervising?
- Do you have workers compensation and liability insurance? (Verify this information with agency.)
- How many remodeling projects like this one have you done in the past year?
- May I have a list of client references, supplies, and business referrals?
- How much of your business comes from referrals?
- How will you approach this home improvement project?
- What happens if you encounter a problem?
- Will you be obtaining the permits for this job?
While these questions will get you started in the right direction, this list is not exhaustive. After all, your contractor will be a part of your home for the duration of the project, so feel free to ask as many questions as you feel are necessary in order to choose the best contractor for your home improvement project. Source
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.