What Questions to Ask When Hiring a Contractor

If you want or need to have some work done to your home in order to get it ready for market, you’d better do your homework before hiring a contractor. A poorly done renovation can cost you big time, so you need to know that the person you’re hiring is up to the job. Here are a few questions you should ask when hiring a contractor to help ensure you get the best person for the job.

How long have they been in business?

The longer a contractor has been in business, the better your chance is that they’re good at what they do. It’s hard to stay in business if you do a bad job, so a long, reliable track record is definitely something to look for.

Can you see references/examples of their previous work?

Looking at their previous work or reading testimonials from their other clients can give you a lot of insight into how good they really are. You also want to be sure that they’ve done projects like yours successfully in the past, so don’t be afraid to ask for specific examples.

Can you get a detailed written estimate?

A good contractor won’t balk at giving you a clearly written estimate that includes any factors that could affect the price of the job. While it’s not practical to expect an accurate, exact figure, you should at least have a very good idea of what your final cost should be.

Is the contractor licensed and insured?

A responsible contractor will make sure that you are protected in case of an accident during the project. Ask to see a copy of the contractor’s insurance policy so you know that you’re protected before work begins.

How can you reach the contractor if there’s a problem?

Problems can happen when you least expect it, so you need to be able to reach your contractor easily at all times. It seems like a small thing, but a contractor who’s hard to reach could be a pain to work with.

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