How to Narrow Down a List of Contractors

Answered by Brendan ~ February 28, 2010 ~ Comments

I'm new to Bridgeport and looking for contractors for a sunroom project. What are a few general rules you would recommend for someone narrowing down a list of potential bids?

Charles E. ~ Bridgeport, Connecticut

Brendan Fowler

Do not even talk to someone who is not licensed, bonded and insured. Make sure that you have a very detailed set of plans and a very clear understanding and a list of the things that you want done as part of this project. This will help you get bids that are based on the same set of plans and scope of work.

This does represent a lot of work on your part up front, but it will pay off in the end when your project runs smoothly. Do not start work, pay any deposits or buy materials until you have a signed contract with everyone involved. Obviously you will not be signing any contracts until you have selected your contractor but I thought that these other points needed to be mentioned.

Try to pick a contractor who is professional, someone you can see yourself working with on a daily basis, because you will, and someone you won't mind having the keys to your home during the course of construction, check references and look at their work. This is a touchy-feely process that does not have a concrete set of rules so just do your best.

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