In Basement Remodeling by Adam Jensen / March 5, 2019
Tags: contractor, experience, questions
It’s frustrating as a “good guy” contractor to hear stories from family and customers about their terrible contractor experiences. Just this past week I have heard from my mother-in-law and a customer about the contractor that asked for all the money before they were done with the job.
So, now the contractor won’t finish the job and they didn’t build the job right.
This is why contractors have a bad reputation. There are a lot of good contractors out there, so here are some questions to ask the contractors you are interviewing. And then you can make an informed, educated decision.
1. How long have you been in business?
2. Is your company a full service or specialty firm?
3. Are you licensed?
4. Are you insured? For how much?
5. Do you have a showroom?
6. How many employees do you have?
7. Do you offer a warranty?
8. Can I call references?
9. Can I go visit some of your past or current jobs?
10. When will you start?
11. When will you finish?
12. Do you offer financing?
13 .Do you do all the work yourself or hire subcontractors? ?
14. Will you be pulling the permits?
15. Do you have any products specially designed for my basement?
16. What makes you an expert at what you do?
17. I don’t want any surprises. Will I be getting a detailed drawing, scope of work and guaranteed price?
18. Where will I be making my selections?
19. Do you have a designer to help me with my selections?
20. Why is your price so different from the other quotes I got? What did you include or leave out?
The answers to these questions will help build comfort in choosing a good contractor. The contractor should be licensed and insured. He should be pulling the permit and be able to give you references for past and current jobs. Do your homework. Be smart and ask the proper questions. Shopping price isn’t always the best decision.