You can follow comments to this article by subscribing to the RSS news feed with your favorite feed reader. Thank you for the tips, I will be sure to ask these questions when I look for one.
Ask them questions about their years in the service, their license and all the important ones that you also pointed out. I really like that you mentioned that you should contact your contractor and ask them about how long the job will take. I need to get my kitchen remodeled and I am hoping it will be done before thanksgiving dinner when all of my family will come over. I will be sure to ask my contractor about how long it will take.
My wife and I are looking for a remodeling contractor to help us with our kitchen, so thanks for the tips.
Breathtaking Kitchen Remodeling in Boston. Was the job site kept neat? The carpenters Joe and Bill were really nice to our dogs and our young son Robert. Based on the phone interviews, pick three or four contractors to meet for estimates and further discussion. Research your state law by contacting a local consumer protection agency, which you can find in the phone book or online. In addition to posting comments on articles and videos, you can also send your comments and questions to us on our contact page or at
I like your point about ensuring if the contractor is licensed, insured, and bonded or not. I hired a guy who has a little girl to raise…he said what he would do then did not. When I complained he wanted more money…are there vets or anyone out there that can really do a corner cabinet?
This is a great article. I am a general contractor and I make a point to educate all my customers on the standard practices that protect both the customer and the contractor. My parents recently had their kitchen remodeled by Rebath and Kitchens, only because of reviews and word of mouth.
Still carries a lot of weight. Have looked at available new products, but would like to avoid ongoing workmen. Worth paying more upfront and not be constantly looking for repairs. Any advice? Need an honest, dependable referral. Obviously, I am now in small claims court over this….. Even if you have signed a contract, you should have the right to say what you think and it should be addressed. Need a bricklayer. Do they fall under terms noted above??
Worked nicely for a backyard wedding we hosted. The door is put on backwards with the hinges on the outside.
Other problems also. Now just wanting to close in. Brick up. We want to hear from you!
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What are the ramifications of that happening?
Would your insurance cover it? Does the contractor have insurance to cover it? It matters less where we find the contractor e. We should print out and keep handy these 10 questions to ask before we hire contractors for any remodeling, repair, or improvement projects in our home.
Talk to previous customers, but be sure to go beyond talking to their references. Check up on the code history of their last five projects to make sure that they adhere to building codes and safety standards. Pets, kids, family—you name it—will all need to stay away. Be sure the contractor talks this over with you early.
Projects usually involve getting approval at various stages, including final sign-offs on projects, which is important. Again, check to see if the contractor has a track record of doing this. Check your local buildings department. Has the contractor ever been sued? Good to know! Going forward, I most certainly will!
This is really important. I was watching Shameless on Showtime Season 8 and Fiona Gallagher, who hired contractors to fix her room, got sued because one of them fell off the roof and injured his leg. In real life, lawsuits happen. So make sure all the contractors show you proof of insurance before they step foot to start projects.
Make sure you know this information. Even if someone is coming to do a free estimate in your home, what happens if they slip and fall? This is good information to know beforehand! Remember to SAVE this article and checklist for later! Thrift Diving inspires women to decorate, improve, and maintain their home themselves Use these 5 printables, checklists, and ebooks to get started!
I like the idea of a safety zone. That way you can keep kids away from the work. Also, look for bonded contractors to lower your liability. Thanks for suggesting that we find a building contractor who can prove that they have liability insurance so that we can be sure to be covered in the case of an accident. My husband and I are planning on creating our own house, and we are wondering how to find the best company to help us. My husband and I will be building a home next year, so these are great questions to ask while looking for contractors.
I like that you mentioned to make sure you choose a contractor who has been in a long time. It makes sense that this way you can ensure he is reputable and his company has a long history of success. I am going to remodel my home soon, and I have been looking for the right contractor to help. I will definitely keep this in mind as I search, thanks a lot for sharing.