Hiring a Contractor

by Washington Federal Team on August 10, 2011

Whether you’re hiring a contractor for roofing, plumbing, siding or landscaping, you’ll want a high quality professional who can get the job done right. Building or remodeling your home is a complicated process, and hiring the right contractor can simplify and streamline your project. How do you know if the building contractor you choose is the best person for the job? Here are five tips for hiring a contractor:

1. Don’t rely on company references.Hiring a Contractor: Find the Best Builder for the Job

Although it’s always a good idea to ask your contractor for references, there’s no doubt that you will receive a list of customers guaranteed to provide only positive feedback. It helps if you have other outside referrals from friends or family to give you a more balanced assessment.

2. Look for licenses and industry affiliations.

Research your potential contractor to make sure they have the necessary licenses for your state and project type. Designations from associations are also a great way to evaluate your potential contractor’s professionalism. For example, a general building contractor may have designations from associations such as the National Association of Homebuilders or National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

3. Ask about insurance.

No matter what type of contractor you need, you’ll want to make sure that they have the appropriate contractor’s insurance to protect you from liability. Ask for proof of insurance before beginning any project.

4. Check for complaints.

Research your potential contractor with your local building authority or chamber of commerce so you can be confident that he or she does not have unresolved complaints from past customers.  Be sure to check the licensing agency in your state for major building or safety violations your contractor may have on record.

5. Ask about his or her specialties.

If you are considering a specialty project such as building a sustainable home, then it is crucial that you find a contractor that specializes in green building. Specialty projects often require additional skills and training that not all contractors possess.

Home construction or remodeling is a complicated undertaking, but you can reduce the stress of the building process with the help of a great contractor. By gaining insight from referrals, finding proof of licenses and insurance, researching the contractor and pinpointing specialties, will find the contractor that is right for your project.

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