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How To Select a Contractor For Your Project

rickHow to select a contractor for your project is one of the most challenging tasks a homeowner may have.  Selecting a contractor is a very serious decision it is like a partnership and a very close working relationship. You as well as the contractor must feel comfortable and confidant and be able to communicate easily.


  1. Have your project thought out or have plans drawn and try to know what you want.
  2. Give every contractor you talk to the same information.
  3. Planning is the foundation for a successful remodeling or building project, detail plans and specifications not only provide a more accurate estimate but they also prevent mistakes and problems that can be costly
  4. Always get references and ALWAYS-ALWAYS check them
  5. Ask for trade references like lumber co., window co., etc… check to see if your contractor is in good standing with them
  6. Of course check to see that he is licensed and insured that is very easy to do just go to CCB web-site
  7. Check to see how long has the contractor been in the business and what is his background and education
  8. Based on the project are there permits required? Your contractor should be familiar with the building codes and permit requirements, REMEMBER later you could be on the hook to get permits for a job that was not permitted and was required to be and that is normally a double fee
  9. Can your contractor provide you with some before and after pictures of some of his work and will he provide you with some addresses that you may drive by and see for yourself?
  10. What type of trade organizations is he a member of, is he trained in energy conservation and green building practices that can save you money in heating and air condition cost in the future, which also makes your home more durable and last longer with less up keep cost.
  11. Is the contractor accessible, does he return your calls promptly or is it one or two days later?


One of the most important things in this relationship is communication; you also need to be accessible to answer his questions or to discuss a problem that has come up. At the very least you and your contractor should communicate every two days if not daily during the project; good communication prevents mistakes that are costly. I guaranty if you and your contractor trust and respect each other your experience will be a pleasant one. Remember that bigger is not always better and the cheapest bid is not always the best bid.

The final thing is that you should always insist that everything be in writing.



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