Tulsa cabinetry shown in hickory Natural.
One of the most important times to ask questions is during the hiring process. Be sure to find a designer and installer/remodeling contractor that are willing to listen to your needs and work with you on creating the best solution for your new space.
Many times people seek referrals or visit designer showrooms to find a person who is right for the job, but you can also visit the Yorktowne website dealer locator for recommendations.
A group of National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) contractors were asked what questions homeowners asked, the group agreed the most popular queries were (in order of frequency):
When can you start?
When will you be finished?
What time will you knock on my door each morning?
What time will you quit for the day?
Are you going to work every day?
Can you finish before [insert holiday or family event]?
How much will it cost per square foot?
These are good questions any homeowner would wonder about. However, none of these questions help identify the quality or caliber of the contractor.
Here are some questions NARI members recommend asking before signing a remodeling contract.
These questions help identify the quality, caliber and experience of the remodeler.
A person's reputation speaks volumes and the same is true for companies. Always ask contractors or remodelers for references from homeowners whose project they have completed in the past year.
Ask for business references from banks, sub-contractors, showrooms and other suppliers that the contractor has worked with in the last year.
Your state website may offer helpful information on how to verify a contractor's license. View the consumer guide to working with contractors provided by the State of Minnesota.
Be sure to ask licensed contractors for a copy of their license number; many states now allow you to verify contractor licenses online. View the consumer guide to working with contractors provided by the State of Minnesota. Many of the tips and suggestions are valid in every state, but be sure to check your state's website for specific rules and guidelines.
Ask if your contractor is a member of a local or national trade association, and then follow up with that association to verify.