Do your homework before having work done on your home.

Use this checklist to help you select a builder or remodeler to work on or build your home:

  • Does the builder or re-modeler have a permanent business location and a good reputation with local banks and suppliers?
  • How long have they been in the building business? It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business. Will they be around after the construction is complete to service any warranties?
  • Have you called your local Better Business Bureau? They can alert you to any complaints.
  • Does the builder/re-modeler have sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance? If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises.
  • Will the builder/re-modeler provide you with names of previous customers? Ask them if they would hire the builder/re-modeler again.
  • Have you seen the builder/re-modelers work, both completed and in progress? Check for quality of workmanship and materials.
  • Are you able to communicate with the builder/re-modeler? Remember you will be in close contact with them throughout the construction process and afterward as you live in your new home.
  • Will the builder/re-modeler provide you with a complete and clearly written contract? The contract will benefit both of you. Review it carefully.
  • Be cautious of unusually low-priced bids. If the builder/re-modeler is unable to pay for the materials and labor as the project proceeds, this may indicate a potential problem.

Call us, your local home builders’ association, for the names of member builders and re-modelers.