Selecting a professional remodeler doesn't have to be a difficult
task. By following these guidelines, you will make the selection
process easier and be better prepared to make an informed decision
that best suits your needs:
Select a contractor with an established business in your area.
Local firms can be checked through references from past customers in
Local remodelers are compelled to perform satisfactory work for
their business to survive.
Many states, but not all, require contractors to be licensed.
Counties within a state also may or may not have licensing
requirements. Contact the proper agency to ensure the contractor
meets all requirements.
Check the remodeling contractor with your local government Consumer
Affairs Office and the Better Business Bureau to ensure there are no
adverse files on record.
Ask to see copies of the contractor's certificates of insurance.
Most states require a contractor to carry workers compensation,
property damage and personal liability insurance. Make sure the
contractor's insurance coverage meets all state minimums.
If you solicit bids from several different contractors, be sure they
are bidding on the same scope and quality of work. Having a detailed
set of plans and specifications the candidates can bid on helps in
achieving this goal. Discuss variations in bids and beware of any
bid that is substantially lower than the others.
Do not obtain your own building permit. In most jurisdictions, the
individual obtaining the permit is considered to be the contractor
and is, therefore, liable if the work does not comply with local
building codes. Have the contractor obtain the permit. In addition
to complying with local building codes, proof of insurance is
required before the municipality will issue a building permit.
Ask to review copies of the contractor's agreement, change orders,
provisions and warranty documents.
These guidelines should assist you in finding a knowledgeable
contractor who will advise you and help you decide what is best for
you and your family.
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