10 Tips for Choosing a Contractor

10 Tips for Choosing a Contractor over a green siding textured background

The most important aspects of choosing a contractor are establishing trust and a shared vision. These steps will help you find the right professional for your job.

  1. Ask friends, coworkers and neighbors for referrals.
  2. Be certain the contractor(s) you are considering is licensed and insured.
  3. Research builders or remodelers by inquiring with a local Consumer Affairs Office, Home Builders Association or Better Business Bureau.
  4. Check associations or other memberships. Is your contractor a member of your local chamber of commerce, home builders association, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry or other organization?
  5. Experience and project knowledge is of utmost importance. Look for a contractor that has experience with the type of project you need to be completed. Ask for names, addresses and phone numbers of people who will provide references.
  6. Meet with more than one contractor and get written estimates.
  7. Be truly prepared prior to meeting with a contractor. An accurate description of the project and your expectations prior to meeting a contractor can have a big impact on both the initial quote and the final outcome.
  8. Be consistent with your project information. When meeting with more than one contractor be sure to give each contractor the SAME information.
  9. Double-check estimates to ensure all requests are included and the price is based on the complete project.
  10. Ask about the quality and warranty of the materials that will be used in your project to ensure both lasting beauty and durability.