Red Flags to Look Out For When Hiring a Remodeling Contractor
We recommend you do NOT move forward with a contractor if:
- The builder requires a large initial down payment or deposits prior to the commencement of work.
- There is no written contract or a poorly written contract.
- The stated investment is too good to be true and is significantly lower than other received bids.
- There is an unclear work history (no references, no testimonials, no previous project photos).
- The contractor will not provide a complete detailed estimate.
- There is a heavy reliance on allowances for final segment of project.
- The contractor employs high-pressure sales tactics.
- The contractor does not furnish proof of license and insurance.
- No references are furnished or are unable to be verified.
- 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:
- A detailed contract and proposed methods of compensation.
- Proof of contractor’s license.
- Proof of liability insurance and workers compensation insurance.
- A portfolio of recently-completed projects, including before and after photos.
- A list of client references and contact information for at least a few of them.
- A construction schedule illustrating construction timeline, milestones, and key decisions to be made on a project.
- A sample change order request and description of the process.
- A document outlining the contractor’s processes and procedures.
- A sample warranty.
- Contact information for all subcontractors that may be working on your project.