- Of course, it is helpful to ask how long the Contractor has been in business.
- Ask for references. Sometimes I ask for three references and then will later ask for another three. The second set tends to be more accurate! Be sure the reference is not a friend or family member. The Contractor should be able to provide you with names of RECENT satisfied customers. Questions to ask the references: “How was the Contractor with items that needed to be repaired? Was the Contractor responsive? Was the job done on time?”
- I find that the prices go up when the Contractors know that I am in a big hurry to get the job done. I try not to disclose my desire to get the job done yesterday!
- Here are some good questions to ask the Contractor during your first meeting: Can you give me an exact date when you could start? Can you give me a finish date? Can I have your home phone and cell phone numbers?
Just like asking them to show proof of general liability and workman’s compensation insurance, the questions above are an excellent way to get a general idea of the kind of contractor you will be working with. If you are having any second thoughts or are not being given the responses that an honest general contractor should be giving, then it is probably best to move on.