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May 28, 2020

Hiring a Contractor – 11 Questions to Ask Before Choosing Yours

If you are planning a renovation or addition, here are ten questions to ask before signing a contract. Potential contractors’ answers will allow you to gain a better understanding of his or her professionalism and craftsmanship. They will also help ensure that your assets are protected and the work will be completed to your standards.

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1. Are you a licensed contractor?

A contractor with the proper license in the state or city where the work will be completed can help ensure that he or she has been trained in the proper practices and regulations specific to the job.

2. Do you carry general liability insurance?

If any property damage occurs on the site, the contractor carrying adequate general liability insurance is liable.

3. Do you carry workers compensation insurance?

If the contractor does not carry workers compensation insurance, you may be liable for anything that happens on your property.

4. What type of guarantee do you provide?

Guarantees can cover everything from price to workmanship to product warranties and more. A guarantee may affirm that the contractor will furnish and install his work in a good, workmanlike manner and in keeping with industry standards. Establishing the standard at which the contractor is expected to perform is intended to ensure owners receive full quality and value for their financial investment.

5. How does the process work from beginning to end?

The contractor’s work process should be explained to you from beginning to end. This will help ensure both parties are staying on track to the agreed contract and that you will understand how the contractor’s company operates. Ask if the process is written out for you.

6. Who will be completing the work?

Knowing the worker’s names, their association with the company, and their skill sets can help give you peace of mind.

7. Can you provide references?

A contractor should be willing to provide you with references from previous clients that you can contact to ask how their projects went. If he has none, it’s best to find another contractor.

8. What kind of documentation or paperwork will you provide?

A contractor who keeps and provides good documentation and paperwork will help you keep a better record of the transaction and the project.

9. Do you include a Call-Back Provision in your contract?

A call-back provision is a part of the contract that you can use in the event the contractor’s work is not in accordance with the standard or quality set. It gives you a window of time where the contractor must return to the project to repair defective work. It is in addition to a contractor’s warranty, not instead of it.

10. Will all permits be pulled as required?

Depending on the scope of the work, the contractor should pull all required permits in a timely manner to ensure that all safety and building code regulations and inspections are met for the proper installation.

11. Do you belong to any professional organizations?

A contractor who belongs to a professional organization lends him or herself to better referrals and better business ethics. For more tips on making sure your contractor and you have a successful partnership, visit