Considerations for Hiring a Contractor

Red Flags to Look Out For When Hiring a Remodeling Contractor


We recommend you do NOT move forward with a contractor if:

  1. The builder requires a large initial down payment or deposits prior to the commencement of work.
  2. There is no written contract or a poorly written contract.
  3. The stated investment is too good to be true and is significantly lower than other received bids.
  4. There is an unclear work history (no references, no testimonials, no previous project photos).
  5. The contractor will not provide a complete detailed estimate.
  6. There is a heavy reliance on allowances for final segment of project.
  7. The contractor employs high-pressure sales tactics.
  8. The contractor does not furnish proof of license and insurance.
  9. No references are furnished or are unable to be verified.
  10. The contractor offers a lump sum or a very general estimate lacking detail


Green Flags That Are Indicative of a Reliable Contractor

An experienced and reliable contractor will provide you with the following items, before a construction agreement is signed:

  1. A detailed contract and proposed methods of compensation.
  2. Proof of contractor’s license.
  3. Proof of liability insurance and workers compensation insurance.
  4. A portfolio of recently-completed projects, including before and after photos.
  5. A list of client references and contact information for at least a few of them.
  6. A construction schedule illustrating construction timeline, milestones, and key decisions to be made on a project.
  7. A sample change order request and description of the process.
  8. A document outlining the contractor’s processes and procedures.
  9. A sample warranty.
  10. Contact information for all subcontractors that may be working on your project.
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