Building & Renovating

4 Questions to Ask Your Potential Contractor

Ask these 4 important questions first before hiring your contractor.


A general contractor oversees a home improvement or renovation project. Acting as a project manager, he or she coordinates work schedules, handles communication between parties, and manages suppliers, to name a few. Simply put, they take care of the technical nitty-gritty of the whole process.

If you're considering working with a contractor in the future, here are initial questions that you need to ask. Jorge Faustino of IDeal Interior Design Services shares these insights and questions that you can take note of.

What are your past projects?

It's important to know the background and extent of experience of your contractor. This will help you assess if his past projects are somehow close or related to the vision that you have in mind.

“Showing our portfolio to potential clients provides them a visual image to what we claim our services to be like," shares Jorge. Do you research and check their portfolio before setting a meeting. 

Will your provide labor, equipment materials?

As a homeowner, it’s your choice if you want your contactor to buy your supplies, materials, and equipment. Be open about your budget and how much you're willing to spend.

“It is a matter of agreement. The homeowner can choose to provide the materials, while the contractor can supply the labor. He or she can also provide everything," Jorge shares.

RL Tip: Ask your contractor if he or she can take care of the necessary building permits.

What is your schedule?

Schedule is very important because it has direct implications to the cost of the project. “A timetable is done for every project to show the scope of work, and when these works are expected to be done,” he explains.

Will you communicate with my architect or designer? 

Coordination with the architect, designer, and the owner is very important. Just make sure that you inform your contractor what has been discussed with your architect or designer. As with any other collaboration, be open to the ideas and suggestions of your contractor.

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