In spite of your enthusiasm to hire a contractor for your remodeling project, ignorance and haste can influence a poor hiring decision. If you are getting ready to consider some home additions, there are seven very important questions that you should ask each representative who comes to give you a quote.
- Do you carry all appropriate state, local and trade licenses? They should be able to provide you with a copy or have a location where they are published on their website.
- Are you carrying general liability insurance? If something is damaged during their work on your property, the insurance plan will cover the costs associated with damages.
- Will you guarantee the work performed and completed? Many contractors will offer extended warranties on certain appliances or features but check on their policy for the actual work done on any home additions.
- Do you have any references I can call? They are interviewing for a job but at your expense. It is completely fair to look into the quality of their work, their timeliness, their safety record and other aspects of reliability.
- Who will be the primary contact for the job? If you are meeting with an owner or salesman, you will want to know who is going to be on your property during the work.
- What are your clean-up policies? Before work begins, find out who is responsible for the trash and debris associated with the home additions. Find out if the company will rent a dumpster or if you will be charged extra for cleanup costs.
- Are there any financing options for the cost of the work? Some contractors or businesses may be able to offer a financing arrangement, but you won’t know until you ask.
Always check with local contractors for answers to these questions and reasonable quote on the work. Be prepared for your meeting and confidently select the team that will give you peace of mind.