How To Interview A Contractor

So, you are ready to start a home improvement project. You have contractors coming to your home. What questions should you ask? Well, we have a quick list of questions to ask in your contractor interview.

According to NARI (the National Association for Remodeling Industry), here are a few questions you should be asking when you are interviewing potential contractors for your project.

How long have you been in business? You want a company with somewhat of a track record. Hiring a contractor who is brand new could be problematic for you.
Who will be working on the project – employees or subcontractors? A lot of contractors use subcontractors, which is not necessarily a negative. However, you want to make sure that all subs are covered by the general contractor’s insurance.
Does your company carry liability insurance and workers’ compensation? This is a vital piece of information. If a worker gets hurt on a project at your home, you want to make sure you are not liable for any medical costs or other compensation.
May I have a list of client references? This will tell you a lot about the company, and you can ask some questions about timing, cost and reliability before agreeing to the project.
May I have a list of business references? If the general contractor has good business relationships, they will likely treat their clients well too.
These questions will tell you a lot about the reliability of the contractor, and also give you an idea of their past track record with clients and other businesses. It is also a good idea to check them out with the Better Business Bureau. Remember that a complaint or two shouldn’t necessarily disqualify them – what is important is if they tried to resolve any issues with previous clients.

If you would like some additional questions to consider, call us today! Ascent Builders owner Jason Brown can be reached at and Basement Partners owner Jeff Proctor can be reached at We are happy to help, or provide free estimates for any of your upcoming projects.