Choose a Contractor

Your home is the most significant financial investment that you will make in your lifetime. The utmost care should be exercised in selecting the right contractor for your remodel, restoration or the construction of your new home. Most licensed Contractors competent, honest, hardworking and financially responsible. However, home improvement projects continue to be a top source of consumer complaints nationwide. Asking a few questions of your potential contractor will significantly reduce the chances of having a bad construction experience. Here are some helpful hints and questions to help you select the right contractor for your project:

Should I choose the lowest bidder?

Your home is the most significant financial investment that you will make in your lifetime. The utmost care should be exercised in selecting the right contractor for your remodel, restoration or the construction of your new home. Most licensed Contractors competent, honest, hardworking and financially responsible. However, home improvement projects continue to be a top source of consumer complaints nationwide. Asking a few questions of your potential contractor will significantly reduce the chances of having a bad construction experience. It is important to remember that the lowest bid does not always represent the best value. Some contractors will use low bids to win the job, then once they are "in the door", they will increase the costs later to get the project completed. More often than not, the contractor with the lowest bid will be compelled to charge you more half way through the project or cut corners on materials, quality and workmanship to complete the project. The best value is represented by the contractor whose quality standards and ethics stand above the rest. In addition to the points that follow, ask yourself these questions:
  • With which contractor do I feel comfortable?
  • Which contractor inspires my trust?
  • Which contractor honors my interests?
  • Which contractor stands above the rest?

Should I choose only a contractor that is licensed?

Should I choose a contractor that is insured?

Choose a contractor that "Puts It In Writing"

Choose only a contractor that guarantees the work

Is your contractor a member of any professional organizations?

How does the contractor work?

How many projects has the contractor completed that are like yours?

Check with the state for any registered complaints or problems

Check with the Better Business Bureau

Ask for references and look for a company with an established business history