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April 30, 2015
  1. Get at least three written estimates.
  2. Check references. If possible, view earlier jobs the contractor completed.
  3. Check with the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau for complaints.
  4. Be sure the contract states exactly what is to be done and how change orders will be handled.
  5. Make as small of a down payment as possible so you won’t lose a lot if the contractor fails to complete the job.
  6. Be sure that the contractor has the necessary permits, licenses, and insurance.
  7. Check that the contract states when the work will be completed and what recourse you have if it isn’t. Also, remember that in many instances you can cancel a contract within three business days of signing it.
  8. Ask if the contractor’s workers will do the entire job or whether subcontractors will be involved too.
  9. Get the contractor to indemnify you if work does not meet any local building codes or regulations.
  10. Be sure that the contract specifies the contractor will clean up after the job and be responsible for any damage.
  11. Guarantee that the materials that will be used meet your specifications.
  12. Don’t make the final payment until you’re satisfied with the work.

4 thoughts on “12 Tips for Hiring a Remodeling Contractor”

  1. In your article, you stated that ask if the contractor’s workers will do the entire job or whether subcontractors will be involved too. For Christmas this year I am allowing my wife to remodel our kitchen and dining room. I wonder if most contractors have a certain style that they like to go with.

  2. I had never considered to make as small of down payment as possible just in case the contractor doesn’t do the job correctly. It makes sense why this would ensure that the contractor does what they promise to do. My mom is wanting to remodel her kitchen in the summer. I’ll have to suggest this to her before she hires someone.

  3. My husband and I are looking to remodel our house but we need help in knowing how to hire the right person to help us do so. I am glad that you mentioned that one thing we need to inquire about is if the contractor will be doing the entire job or if they will be using subcontractors to help them complete it. This is something that we will have to remember when it comes to making sure that we choose the right one to help us get things done properly.

  4. Remodeling your home is one of the important part and that may include flooring installation or kitchen remodeling or bathroom remodeling. And to get the better result you should hire a professional contractor. But it is important that you should hire a best contractor. For this you should check their background details, check how many years they have experience. Also check their license and insurance. In your blog the way you explain the 12 tips for hiring a remodeling contractor are really helpful.

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