Q & A: What to ask your general contractor
The stars have aligned and you are finally ready to tackle those renovations. First things first. Time to hire the right general contractor for the job. The bottom line isn’t the only information you’ll want to obtain. Feel confident in your selection by asking these 10 questions first.
- What is the timeline?
Whether you’re planning a big or small renovation, it’s nice to know how long the project will take. Like any renovation, things may come up that disrupt the projected deadline, and that’s when communication is key between you and your contractor.
- Who will be here every day?
Hiring a renovation company means you’re sometimes welcoming complete strangers into your home. Make sure your contractor shares with you who you can expect to see every day.
- When should I expect people in my home?
Your home will be your contractor’s job site during the duration of the reno. Avoid surprise visits by finding out when workers will be on site.
- How will you protect my property?
No homeowner wants to clean up after the job is done. Ensure your contractor provides adequate coverings and protection to the job site so your home comes out looking even better than when they started.
- What is the best way to get in contact with you?
Contractors are there to put you at ease and answer any questions you may have. Find out the best way to get in touch and what hours they’re available to chat.
- Do you provide a detailed quote that clearly explains where my money is going?
Don’t sign a contract without first knowing what the money is going towards. A detailed quote should outline all aspects of a project so there are no surprises at the end of the day.
- What is the payment schedule?
A payment schedule keeps you on track and allows you to prepare for upcoming payments.
- How much is the deposit?
Find out how much you’re expected to put down and when it is due.
- What, if any, permits are required for this project?
Depending on the project and the location, certain permits may be required before getting started.
- Are you adequately insured for the project?
Ensure your contractor has sufficient insurance to cover all workers on the job and any incidents that may arise.