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Interviewing Contractors: Know the Right Questions to Ask

Posted by Paige Thomas ~ November 7, 2008

Hiring a contractor is overwhelming, but if you know the questions to ask, you'll be sure to get all the information you need when interviewing a contractor to be able to hire the right person for the job.

We always recommend getting more than one estimate for a project. So, with each contractor you meet, you'll want to ask the same questions so that you can get the most accurate, comparable impressions and estimates from each person you meet with.

Here is a list of questions we recommend asking:

1. Do you have up-to-date licenses and registration with the state? 2. Do you have copies of these documents to show me? 3. Do you have proper insurance and bonding?

a. They should have liability insurance, as well as worker's compensation insurance. 4. Have you worked on projects similar to mine? 5. Do you have a list of references? 6. Do you have a portfolio with past work? 7. Would any of your references be willing to show me the work done on their home? 8. Will you be able to obtain and handle any permits for my project if they are required? 9. Who will be overseeing the work being done? 10. Will you be using any sub-contractors? 11. What type of warranties or guarantees do you put on your work?

A quick search online will provide even more questions to ask. The most important things to remember is there is not such thing as a dumb question, or too many questions!

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