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How To Select a Contractor


Your goal is to find a contractor who will improve the appearance, functionality, market appeal and ultimately add value to your home. Choose a quality remodeling contractor wisely. Buyers of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Scottsdale remodeled homes for sale expect high quality fit and finish.

If you are remodeling your home to sell, you do not want to make choices that are too expensive to recover at sale or are not what today's buyers want and expect. Contact me for advice.

The Arizona contractor you select will ultimately determine the success of and your satisfaction with their remodeling job. By asking the following questions, you will learn the qualifications and reputation of the contractor and select the right company for the job. What you don't know can harm you.

  • Are you an Arizona licensed contractor? (Call or go to the Arizona Registrar of Contractors website to verify compliance with the law.)

  • Are you a member of the Better Business Bureau? Call and check them out.

  • How many projects like mine have you completed in the past year?

  • Will you provide me names and telephone numbers of several recent customer references for jobs similar to mine?

  • Do you carry liability insurance and workers compensation insurance in the case there´s an accident and in what amount?

  • Does your insurance coverage extend to the subcontractors you bring on the job? If not, do you require they cover their own insurance coverage?

  • Were you formally trained or how did you acquire your experience?

  • Have you or you employees been certified in remodeling or had special training or education, such as earning a Certified Remodeler (CR), Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler (CKBR), Certified Remodeler Specialist (CRS), or Certified Lead Carpenter (CLC) designation?

  • Are you a member of a national trade association? Which one(s)?

  • Will you handle pulling all of the required permits? Which ones are required?

  • Who will be working in my home on a regular basis? Are they employees or subcontractors?

  • How do you deal with end-of-the-day cleanup? Do you require your subcontractors to clean up after themselves?

  • What is your approach to a project such as this?

  • How much of the job will be subcontracted? How often do your subcontractors work with you?

  • Who will be my point of contact on the job every day?

  • How will payments be handled for materials, labor, final acceptance and receipt of all mechanics lien releases?

This is not an all-inclusive list of questions to ask, but it is a good starting point.

Please be prudent and call to get at least three bids from professionals from independent sources before selecting the best contractor to work for you. Check the Better Business Bureau, too.

It is best to work only with licensed, bonded and insured workers. Get all quotes in writing - preferrably not to exceed a maximum amount. Be prepared to pay for parts and material delivered to the job site.

Don't make final payment for the job until you get all paid receipts, copies of all permits, releases from all subcontractors and the work is done to your satisfaction. 

Sample Content Provided by Mr. Sam Elam at www.SamElam.com

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