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12 Tips for Hiring a Remodeling Contractor


By George Clements ~ Greenville, SC Real Estate



Are you starting to feel like part of your home is dated or needs an upgrade? Are you in need of repairs on the exterior or structure of your home? When you look to hire a contractor consider these tips provided by the NAR®.


1. Get at least three written estimates.

2. Get references and call to check on the work. If possible, go by and visit earlier jobs.

3. Check with the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau for complaints.

4. Be sure that the contract states exactly what is to be done and how change orders will be handled.

5. Make as small a downpayment as possible so you won’t lose a lot if the contractor fails to complete the job.

6. Be sure that the contractor has the necessary permits, licenses, and insurance.

7. Be sure that the contract states when the work will be completed and what recourse you have if it isn’t. Also remember that in many instances you can cancel a contract within three business days of signing it.

8. Ask if the contractor’s workers will do the entire job or whether subcontractors will do parts.

9. Get the contractor to indemnify you if work does not meet any local building codes or regulations.

10. Be sure that the contract specifies the contractor will clean up after the job and be responsible for any damage.

11. Guarantee that materials used meet your specifications.

12. Don’t make the final payment until you’re satisfied with the work.


Having an updated kitchen is one of the best projects you can do if you are thinking about selling anytime soon. Repairs on structure, HVAC, plumbing, electric, leaks, and cracked glass are also good things to focus on. Feel free to let me know if you ever have any questions about the best updates or repairs.


Comment balloon 0 commentsGeorge Clements • March 10 2008 01:09PM