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What Questions Should I Ask My Contractor?

Getting the right contractor is the key to a successful project. In order to make the best decision, a homeowner can do their homework by asking the right questions. Depending on your project, you may be investing a lot of money, so it’s important to find someone that fits your needs.

Before the construction begins on your home in Utah, we’ve compiled a list of questions you’ll want to ask a future contractor before you make your decision.

10 Questions to Ask a Contractor before Hiring

1. How Long Have You Been in Business?

Gauging a contractor’s work experience is a good first step. Contractors that have been in the industry for a long time have dealt with a lot of different experiences and have learned a lot throughout the years. While years-of-experience isn’t everything you need to know about a contractor, it is a good metric to keep in mind when hiring a contractor.

2. Do You Have a Contracting License?

There are different licensing requirements in certain cities, counties and states, and not all contractors need a license or alternative credential. As a homeowner, though, it’s nice if the contractor you want to hire has gone through the proper channels. In Utah, a license is required for any project that exceeds $1,000.

3. Will You Obtain Any Permits/Set Up Inspections Required for the Job?

Not every project will require permits or inspections, but if yours does, then it’s a good question to ask your contractor.

4. What is the Timeline for Completion?

It’s nice to have an idea of when your project will begin and end. Plus, a lot of contractors may be working on other projects too, so you can take this into account before you hire someone for the job.

5. What is Your Payment Schedule?

The Better Business Bureau advises people to never pay for the full price of contracting work up front, and a trustworthy contractor wouldn’t ask you to either. However, you do need to know how the payment terms work before any construction begins.

6. How Can I Get in Touch with You?

Having a reliable point-of-contact will be valuable for you. You can find out the best way to get in touch and what hours they’ll be available to respond to you.

7. What Will the Working Day Be Like?

Asking this question will help you find out additional details about how your project will be worked on. Also, you can probe with more questions and find out: what hours the crew will be there, if you need to remove any items from the worksite, what the noise level will be like and if you need to be present at any point of the day.

8. How Will You Clean at the End of the Day?

A good contractor will know how to clean at the end of the day, even if the project is scheduled for a couple of weeks. It’s still good for you to know because you might have other expectations and you’ll want to address those with your contractor.

9. How Will You Protect My Property?

This could be an uncomfortable question to ask, but it’s important. Your potential contractor should be willing to take the necessary steps to protect your property. This could include using tarps to cover furniture and wearing shoe coverings if you don’t want your carpets to get dirty.

10. How Will Disagreements Be Resolved?

Unfortunately, mistakes and disagreements can happen, but knowing how to resolve them will make things better for you and your contractor. This is another uncomfortable question to ask, but when you and your contractor figure out how to handle issues, you’ll both have a better experience.

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