Checklist for hiring a builder or remodeler

Written By: Kathy Price-Robinson - Dec• 06•09

Use this checklist to help you select a builder or remodeler to work on or build your home.

  • Does the builder or remodeler have a permanent business location and a good reputation with local banks and suppliers?

  • How long have they been in the building business? It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business. Will they be around after the construction is complete to service any warranties?

  • Have you called your local Better Business Bureau? They can alert you to any complaints.

  • Does the builder/remodeler have sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance? If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises.

  • Will the builder/remodeler provide you with names of previous customers? Ask them if they would hire the builder/remodeler again.

  • Have you seen the builder/remodelers work, both completed and in progress? Check for quality of workmanship and materials.

  • Are you able to communicate with the builder/remodeler? Remember you will be in close contact with them throughout the construction process and afterward as you live in your new home.

  • Will the builder/remodeler provide you with a complete and clearly written contract? The contract will benefit both of you. Review it carefully.

  • Be cautious of unusually low-priced bids. If the builder/remodeler is unable to pay for the materials and labor as the project proceeds, this may indicate a potential problem.

Call your local home builders’ association for the names of member builders and remodelers. Find contact information at www.nahb.org/findanhba.

via www.nahb.org

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One Comment

  1. Pam Palmer says:

    Great list! It’s important that a homeowner does their homework prior to hiring a contractor. Many pitfalls can be easily avoided with a little research.
    We’ve compiled a few tips on this subject as well – http://www.palmercustombuilders.com/blog/remodeling/good-deals-gone-very-very-bad/

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