General Information for Hiring Any Contractor
Building or remodeling a home is one of the biggest investments you can make in your lifetime. Choosing a contractor is a crucial first step and should not be done without a lot of research to find the best one for your needs.
Use our A to Z list to make sure you have all the information you need before signing any contracts. The following information applies to all contractors no matter what type of project you are hiring them to do. Other areas of this web site will give you more specific information about contractor specialities.
Most important, remember to follow your instincts. Pay attention to any feelings you get about a person, positive or negative. You will be working with this person for a while, possibly even months, so you do not want to go into the project with feelings of doubt. If you have any doubts, you probably should not hire this contractor.
Choosing a Contractor
Architects are highly educated and trained designers, normally with a college degree and state certification. They can help you detail what you want, draw up the plans and list material specifications. Sometimes they also offer project management. They can help you find other contractors because they usually have worked with so many in the past.