✅ Shop around for the right company.
🔸 Get at least three written estimates.
🔸 Ask for and check references. If possible, look at jobs the contractor recently completed.
🔸 Check with your local chamber of commerce or Better Business Bureau for complaints.
🔸 Be sure that the contractor has the necessary licenses and insurance, as well as the ability to obtain permits.
🔸 Ask if the contractor's workers will do the entire job or whether subcontractors will be involved.
✅ Read the contract carefully.
🔸 Be sure the contract states exactly what is to be done and how change orders will be handled.
🔸 Check that the contract states when the work will be completed and what recourse you have if it isn't.
🔸 Make sure the contract indemnifies you if work does not meet building codes or regulations.
🔸 Be sure that the contract specifies who will clean up after the job and be responsible for any damage.
🔸 Ensure that the materials meet your specifications.
✅ Seal the deal.
🔸 Remember that you can often cancel a contract within three business days of signing it.
🔸 Make a small down payment so you won't lose much if the contractor fails to complete the job.
🔸 Don't make the final payment until you're satisfied with the work.