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6 Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Contractor

Here's what you need to know before signing that contract

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When it comes to building homes, it makes a lot more sense to hire a pro than to take on the job yourself. After all, this isn’t just any DIY project—you’ll be living in this house for years to come. However, it can be quite difficult to choose a contractor to go with as nobody enjoys dealing with subpar work, delays and payment problems. To help you out, here is a list of vital questions you should ask your bidders: 


1. “How long have you been working in this industry?”

While there’s nothing wrong with taking chances with newbies, working with an experienced team guarantees a better track record. At the end of the day, you want your project to have as less mishaps as possible.  

2. “Are you licensed?”

This one is a tough question to ask, but it is also very important. An unlicensed contractor has the power to leave the project unfinished or wreck part of your home without being answerable for anything. 

3. “Can you give me a project timeline?”

Remember to ask if he can provide you with a start and completion date including cleanup duties. Have all of these in a formal written agreement and make sure they follow it.

4. “Will you be on site often to oversee progress?”

Even if it isn’t himself, he should guarantee that someone in-charge should be there everyday to check if everything is being done according to the plan. 


 

5. “What are your terms for payment?”

Are you going to pay in increments or in full? Do you need to give a downpayment? Money is a tricky thing when it comes to building homes. It is important that you get value for the amount you are spending and you avoid getting duped at all costs. 

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6. “Will you provide me with daily updates?”

There’s nothing worse than a contractor who doesn’t respond to your calls when you need them to. Ask him to text you every now and then to be able to check on your future home—you can even ask him to send pictures, otherwise, you cannot be certain he is aware of the work being done.

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