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Questions to Ask Your Remodeling Contractor

Are You Licensed?

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Most states require contractors, even sub-contractors to be licensed. Make sure your contractor is properly licensed. Anyone can say they are licensed. Ask the contractor to show you their license or give you a copy. Remember to check the expiration date. You can check the contractor’s current licensing status with your states Secretary of State.

Do You Carry General Liability Insurance?

Make sure your contractor carries general liability insurance. This type of insurance protects your property in case of damage caused by the contractor and/or his employees. The insurance company will pay for the cost of replacing, and/or repairing any damage that occurs. Ask your contractor for a certificate of insurance.

Do You Carry Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

Make sure your contractor carries workers’ compensation insurance. It protects you from liability if a worker is injured while on your property. Be aware that if the contractor does not carry workers’ compensation coverage, you may be liable for any injuries suffered by the contractor, or any of his employees.

Are You a Member of NAHB?

NAHB stands for the National Association of Home Builders. It’s always a good idea to consider hiring an NAHB contractor. This organization consists of conscientious contractors interested in improving the industry through continuing education.  Members must be licensed and insured.

Who Will Be in Charge of the Job?

Make sure the contractor or his foreman is on the job whenever work is being performed – especially if sub-contractors will be used. The responsible party must be familiar with every aspect of your project.

Will You Provide Me with Written References?

A good contractor will be happy to provide you with references. You should look for a well-established contractor who can give you several customer references from the last 6 months to one year.

How Do You Handle “Dirty Work”?

Construction is dusty and dirty! It gets everywhere, especially if any sanding is being done. Make sure the contractor will make an honest effort to keep the dust contained and he agrees to sweep up and place all construction debris in a predetermined place or refuse container at the end of every day.