Tips for Hiring a Remodeling Contractor

Choosing a contractor can be such a difficult and intimidating task so we're going to walk you through some things to keep in mind when and after choosing a contractor.

HOW TO CHOOSE

  • Get (at least 3) written estimates that clearly outline the scope of the job. Estimates should be as detailed as possible to ensure a fair comparison of scope, price and other relevant terms.
  • Check references. If possible, view earlier jobs the contractor completed. Request photos.
  • Research contractors through the Better Business Bureau and Arizona Registrar of Contractors.

AFTER MAKING YOUR DECISION

  • The contract should specifically state all work to be completed and how any changes to the job will be handled. Always verify changes in writing.
  • Negotiate the smallest down payment possible to protect yourself financially if the contractor fails to complete the job.
  • Guarantee that the materials that will be used meet your specifications. Be as specific as possible in your contract.
  • Ask for a warranty – in writing.
  • Verify who’s doing the work. Will the contractor’s workers do the entire job or will subcontractors be involved?
  • Be sure that the contractor has the necessary permits, licenses, and insurance.
  • Get the contractor to indemnify you if the work does not meet any local building codes or regulations.
  • Be sure that the contract specifies the contractor will clean up after the job and be responsible for any damages.
And remember, never make the final payment until you are satisfied with all work. Visit the Arizona Registrar of Contractors for additional information, and to verify a contractor’s license status.
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