Questions to Ask a Contractor Before Hiring Them

A masonry project done by a contractor.

If you’re thinking about creating a beautiful pavement at home or you’re interested in room additions, it’s safe to say that you may need a contractor for those tasks. Before you say, “you’re hired” we think there’re some questions to ask first! After all, you wouldn’t want anyone to do an awful job and have to pay for it, right?

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Questions to Ask a Potential Contractor

How long has your company been in business?

Of course, the longer they’ve been in business, the better their reputation is. You want to choose a contractor who has been in the industry for a long time. This way, they know what to expect when unexpected events happen.

Are you going to get a permit?

There are building codes that vary from town to town, and they generally need a permit when structural work is associated. In many cases, contractors will apply for the permit.

Do you take credit card payments?

Some small companies only accept cash or checks as payments. If this is the case, prepare to make a payment before the project, mid-job and after the completion.

Are you able to provide references?

Contractors who do a well-done are not afraid to refer you to their previous customers. You may want to ask for three references if possible. Some contractors don’t collect references, but you can look up their reviews on the internet as well.

Who pays for the bill if a worker gets injured?

Always check their policy. If the employee takes workers’ compensation, then the contractor will most likely pay for the bill. If no insurance is available, you may have to pay for it yourself.

What are the hours for your project?

You may want to plan ahead especially when you’re trying to sleep in. With all the drilling and hammering that happens all throughout the day, planning around the day would be ideal.