5 Questions to Ask General Contractors Before They Do Work on Your Home

5 Questions to Ask General Contractors Before They Do Work on Your Home
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    Renovations are expensive and take a lot of work.

    Therefore, if you want a job well done, you need the right contractor.

    The right contractor won't try to take your money and leave you with a dilapidated excuse of a home.


You want someone who can address all your concerns and commit to doing everything through the appropriate channels. To find out who is the ideal person for the job, you will need to ask questions.

Here are five questions you should ask contractors before allowing them to work on your property.

1. How much experience do you have with this kind of work?

You want to be sure that the contractor you hire knows how to get the job done correctly. So it’s vital for people getting involved in renovations or repairs to understand what they are doing. If they are inexperienced, it might be too risky to hire them.

Although they may be able to do tasks such as custom home theaters in Nashville, someone with more experience in the type of work you require is a safer bet.

You shouldn’t hesitate to ask them how long they have been doing that kind of work. The last thing you want is a group of beginners trying to figure out the basics of home renovations with your home.

2. Are you licensed?

Not every location requires a license for expert contractors. But whenever possible, you have to make sure they have one. In addition, you want them to have it up to date with insurance preferably.

No license means there is a high chance they can tear your home apart and not be held accountable for it. It’s unfortunate, but plenty of people have experienced the pitfalls of choosing unqualified people to save a few dollars. Moreover, accidents can occur and they may pose a liability risk to you.

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3. What is included in the contract?

The contract should be specific enough to contain all details of the project. For example, information such as the type of work that will be done, materials, payment schedule, warranty, and all duties assigned to the contractor should be stated clearly.

Other aspects that could be included in the contract are business liabilities covered by the contractor and the job’s timeline, indicating start and end dates. Remember to ask the contractor to explain all parts of the contract to avoid unforeseen complications.

4. How long will the job take?

It’s crucial to know the timeline for finishing the project. However, even though no one can predict the exact time required to get everything done, a reputable professional with several years of experience should be able to provide a time frame.


Remember to ask about the end date of the project and the time necessary to complete each phase of the undertaking. Also, keep in mind that renovations or repairs usually take longer than planned, no matter how skilled the contractors may be, so make sure the project is done before they undertake another assignment.

5. How do we work out any disputes?

From time to time, issues can arise regardless of how efficient the contractor is. You must ask the contractor how to settle any disagreements so you can both be on the same page. It doesn’t necessarily mean the contractor will do a poor job or neglect his duties.

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Disagreements are normal, but the essential part is that problems get fixed in case of any misunderstandings. Therefore, you want contractors to pay attention to everything you say and discuss any conflicts that may appear.

You don’t want them to agree with you for the sake of agreeing. It may mean a lack of interest in the project, leading to future complications if that happens.

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