Top 7 Questions To Ask When Hiring a Contractor

By: Chris Herath

Contractor with homeowner.

Hiring Tip #2: Is the Bid an Estimate or a Firm Price?

Many contractors will provide a rough estimate of how much a job will cost instead of a fixed price. This reduces the time they have to spend on estimating and protects the contractor if higher costs are incurred during completion of the work.

An estimate is fine in the early stages of gathering information for a project; but before signing a contract, you should request a fixed price so you’ll know exactly how much the job will cost.

Contractors often avoid giving a firm price if there are too many unknown factors in the job. It’s also standard to include a clause in the contract covering added cost for any changes made by the homeowner, as well as any unexpected problems that might arise; but urge the contractor to set a firm price whenever possible.

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  • Thomas Says:
    October 22nd, 2014 at 8:33 am

    It’s a good list, but it could use more questions.



  • Retta Elliott Says:
    July 20th, 2014 at 6:20 am

    I just luv u men, thanks 4 all tips & tricks. 4 b n a single lady…I enjoy watching & viewing yas web site. Thank ya..enjoy tis weather n the south



  • Terrie@Basalite Says:
    July 7th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    This is a really good start when it comes to asking the right questions of any contractor you’re considering. However, there are more things to consider when hiring a contractor. We recommend asking the contractor for references, for example, and pictures of prior projects. Knowing what their cleanup routine is can also save you a lot of headache. It’s a good idea to write out all of your questions before you sit down with a contractor, so that you don’t forget anything during the evolution of the conversation.


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