3 Questions to Ask When Hiring Your Next General Contractor
Monday, July 12, 2021

When you're ready to build or renovate your home, you'll need to find a contractor you can trust. It's important to find a general contractor who's willing and able to give you the results you're looking for.

Because there's a variety of contractors in your area, you'll need to conduct research on each one to determine who the best fit is for your home's needs. To help you make this determination, there are several interview questions you should ask.

In the guide below, you'll learn about 3 essential questions to ask before hiring a contractor. Continue reading below to get started!

1. Can I See Your Portfolio?

Viewing a contractor's portfolio is necessary because it gives you insight into what type of work they have experience doing. For example, some contractors specialize in certain types of renovations. You'll want to find one who specializes in the type of renovation you want to be done, whether this is a kitchen remodel, an exterior remodel, or something else.

A portfolio also gives you insight into the quality of work you might expect from a contractor. After viewing their portfolio, it's also beneficial to ask for a few references. Past clients who can tell you good things about their experience working with a specific contractor are the best people to get information from.

2. Are You Registered and Insured?

After finding a few portfolios you like, it's time to ask each contractor if they're registered and insured. The type of legal requirements a general contractor must have to work on a project will depend on the state and the type of project being done.

For this reason, it's ideal to contact your local registration/licensing division to ask what these requirements are. Working with a contractor who's registered and insured gives you peace of mind knowing you've hired reputable professionals to get the project done.

For example, CopeBUILT is Registered and Insured (PA88078) to meet all of your home construction or remodel needs.

3. What Are Your Costs and Fees?

One of the last things you want to ask about is the costs and fees. Save this for last after you've found a select few trustworthy contractors. You can then rank their costs and fees, with their reviews, with the experience they'll provide for you, and the end result and timeline they promise to determine the best fit for your family.

Each contractor should be able to present you with a bid and estimate for the project. Do keep in mind that prices may vary depending on the type of materials being used, so don't always choose the lowest price. Instead, choose a contractor who can offer you exactly what you want, using the type of materials you're interested in, with a process and an experience that won't make you resent your project when its finished.

Hire the Right General Contractor for Your Project

If you have plans to build or remodel your home, then it's time to hire the right general contractor for the job! Use the helpful information listed above to determine which contractor is right for you.

At CopeBUILT, we strive to provide outstanding customer service to all of our clients. Contact us today to get started!