What to Look For When Hiring a Contractor

When hiring someone to remodel your home, you are buying a service and not a product. Here are some things you'll want to explore and questions you'll want to ask when interviewing a remodeler.

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Construction and Technical Expertise
Does the remodeler:

  • Have a working knowledge of the types and ages of homes in the area? This helps in the area of reliable estimates. Extremely low bids should be viewed with scrutiny. What are the likely products and materials the remodeler will use? Does the remodeler offer an array of options and have knowledge of a variety of products, materials and techniques?
  • Specialize particular types of projects?
  • Arrange for the building permit?
  • Offer a warranty? What kind and how long? What is covered and what isn't?
  • Agree to begin and complete your job within a reasonable timetable?

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