Checklist for Hiring a Builder or Remodeler

check-list-mdUse 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


1 Comment on Checklist for Hiring a Builder or Remodeler

  1. Pam Palmer

    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 —