1. Get at least three written estimates.
2. Get references and call to check on the work. If possible, go by and visit earlier jobs.
3. Check with the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau for complaints.
4. Be sure that the contract states exactly what is to be done and how change orders will be
5. Make as small a downpayment as possible so you won’t lose a lot if the contractor fails to
complete the job.
6. Be sure that the contractor has the necessary permits, licenses, and insurance.
7. Be sure that the contract states when the work will be completed and what recourse you
have if it isn’t. Also remember that in many instances you can cancel a contract within
three business days of signing it.
8. Ask if the contractor’s workers will do the entire job or whether subcontractors will do
9. Get the contractor to indemnify you if work does not meet local building codes or
10. Be sure that the contract specifies the contractor will clean up after the job and be
responsible for any damage.
11. Guarantee that materials used meet your specifications.
12. Don’t make the final payment until you’re satisfied with the work.