HELPFUL ADVICE: Finding a Contractor
Tamer Construction has taken the time to organize any tips that we feel would benefit someone looking to build or remodel.
These tips come from years of experience in the industry. We feel that sharing this knowledge with consumers is not an option for contractors, but rather it is a responsibility.
Finding a qualified professional remodeling contractor doesn’t have to be a difficult task. By following these guidelines, you will make the selection process easier and be better prepared to make an informed decision that best suits your needs.
Employ a contractor with an established business in your area. Local firms can be checked through references from past customers in your community. Local remodelers are compelled to perform satisfactory work for their businesses to survive.
Look for a member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).
The NARI logo is the mark of a professional. Many states, but not all, require contractors to be licensed and/or bonded. Contact your state or local licensing agencies to ensure the contractor meets all requirements.
Also check the remodeling contractor with the government Consumer Affairs Office and the Better Business Bureau to ensure there is no adverse file on record.
Ask to see a copy of the contractor’s certificate of insurance or for the name of his or her insurance agency to verify coverage.
Most states require a contractor to carry worker’s compensation, property damage, and personal liability insurance. Make sure the contractor’s insurance coverage meets all state minimum requirements.
If you solicit bids from several different contractors, be sure they are bidding on the same scope and quality of work.
Discuss variations in bids and beware of any bid that is substantially lower than the others.
Ask for references and follow up.
Don’t be afraid to ask specific questions such as: -“Did the contractor begin the work on time?”
-“Was the job site kept neat?”
-“Did the contractor stay in touch throughout the project?”
-“Would you use this contractor again without hesitation?”
Ask to see the finished project. Make sure you are satisfied with the quality of work.
Comply with local codes and permits. Building codes have been established by most cities, towns, and counties. A building permit generally is required whenever structural work is involved or when the basic living area of a home is to be changed. Do not obtain your own building permit – in most jurisdictions, the individual obtaining the permit is considered to be the contractor and is, therefore, liable if the work does not comply with local building codes.
Hopefully these tips will help you as you look for a contractor to do work for your home. We would be honored to have the opportunity to speak with you about your home remodel needs.