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When planning that next extensive renovation, you need to choose the right contractor for the job. You must make sure that they are qualified to handle your scope of work. A great contractor should provide you with a detailed estimate of the project. These points can help you determine whether you have the right contractor for your renovation or new build. Here are some tips to use when hiring a contractor.

What Items Should You Check When Hiring a Contractor?

With any contractor, you want to make sure that they are licensed for the job. Some contractors can say they are qualified, but they might not have the proper local and state licenses to complete the work. Licensed contractors will be more likely to know the building codes and ensure that their project meets those requirements. 

You should also check out the past work of the contractor. Any reputable contractor will have photos or a portfolio of their past projects. In many cases, these contractors will give you the name of previous clients. You can follow up with these customers and ask them about the type of work provided by the contractor. 

Plus, make sure to reach out to the Better Business Bureau. This agency will help you gauge the experience of other clients. If there were any disputes, these problems would be reported to the bureau. The BBB is a valuable resource for you to discover the reputation of a specific contractor in your area.

Insurance is another item that you need to check. If you hire an individual who is not insured or bonded, it will only lead to problems for you. These professionals must carry specific insurance that will cover them from any damage or injuries on the job. Along with that, that insurance protects you from any legal liabilities. All reputable contractors will have a certificate of insurance. You will see the insurance company’s name, policy number, and limits covered for the contractor on that document. Take that information and verify it with the insurance company.

How can you tell if a contractor is bad? Any contractor who is not honest or upfront with their experience should be avoided. If you feel that the contractor is hiding details from you, stay away from them. Unfortunately, there are many unscrupulous people in the construction industry, with many of them preying on unsuspecting homeowners. With these individuals, you are guaranteed to have problems on the job site and with the quality of work.

What Should You Not Ask a Contractor?

You should never feel that you cannot ask your contractor questions about their work when hiring a contractor, the estimate, or anything else related to the project. Any contractor who wants to dismiss you will be seen as a red flag. A professional contractor is there to get the project completed in time, but they will take a few minutes to update you about its progress. If a prospective contractor seems to rush you through the interview process, then you should find someone else.

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