Top 7 Questions To Ask When Hiring a Contractor

By: Chris Herath

Contractor with homeowner.

Hiring Tip #6: What Is the Project Timeline?

One of the most common complaints people have with home improvement projects is how long it takes to complete the job. Having work done on your home can be very disruptive and stressful, since workers are coming and going, noise levels may be high, and there is often a lot of mess involved.

Request a firm start date, and a fixed completion date; and make sure these dates are on the contract, along with a penalty if they’re not met.

You also want to consult with the contractor regarding what happens if a problem arises, or additional supplies need to be ordered.

Along with the project timeline, you should be aware how often the contractor will be making site visits. Having the contact information of the contractor and foreman is important if the project starts to run behind.

Without keeping in contact, and making sure the project remains on time, you may find yourself in a very frustrating situation.

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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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