How to Hire a Remodeling Contractor

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Shop around for the right company.


Get at least three written estimates.
Ask for and check references. If possible, look at jobs the contractor recently completed.
Check with your local chamber of commerce or Better Business Bureau for complaints.
Be sure that the contractor has the necessary licenses and insurance, as well as the ability to obtain permits.
Ask if the contractor’s workers will do the entire job or whether subcontractors will be involved.


Read the contract carefully.
Be sure the contract states exactly what is to be done and how change orders will be handled.
Check that the contract states when the work will be completed and what recourse you have if it isn’t.
Make sure the contract indemnifies you if work does not meet building codes or regulations.
Be sure that the contract specifies who will clean up after the job and be responsible for any damage.
Ensure that the materials meet your specifications.


Seal the deal.
Remember that you can often cancel a contract within three business days of signing it.
Make a small down payment so you won’t lose much if the contractor fails to complete the job.
Don’t make the final payment until you’re satisfied with the work.



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