Suggestions for Hiring a Contractor or Service Provider

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Some Things to Consider Before Hiring any Contractor

Before you hire a contractor or any other service professional you should ask yourself a few questions. These are questions for you to answer then we will discuss questions to ask your contractor.

  1. Is what you’re hiring the contractor for an emergency?
  2. Is it for work on your personal home or a rental home?
  3. Will you be on a tight budget or is there some wiggle room?
  4. Is it for repair work, upgrades or luxury?
  5. Is it for inside work or for outside work?
  6. Will you or one of your family members be home during the progress of the work?
  7. If you live in an area that experiences all four seasons, what time of year is it?
  8. What time of year do you plan to have the work performed?
  9. If the work is for upgrades or luxury, do you plan to sell the home anytime soon?
  10. Do you know anyone who has had similar work completed?
  11. Do you know how you are going to pay for the work
  12. If you have to finance the work do you have an existing line of credit?
  13. If you don’t have a line of credit have you started the paper work on the loan?
  14. Are you making minor or major improvements?
  15. Have you and your significant other (if you have one) sat down to discuss a budget?
  16. Have any details of the project been considered, such as design, colors or features?
  17. Do you plan to do any of the work yourself?
  18. Is your project one that might require an architect?
  19. Will you project possibly require local permits and inspections?
  20. If it does require a permit are the current smoke alarms to code?
  21. Will your project require flooring, appliances, lighting or plumbing fixtures?
  22. If its an outdoor project, do you have a current plot plan of your property?


These are some very important to ask yourself. If there is another family member that will be involved, these questions should be discussed between all decision making members. If the project involves an area where other family members will be engaged, such as a family room, recreation area, kitchen (indoor or out), basement finish etc., be sure to include them as well.

Come back in the following few days. We will explore each of these questions and discuss reasons for their importance. After we break down each of these questions we will then list the questions you should be asking your potential contractors or service providers.

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