Selecting a Home Improvement Contractor
Did you know?
- Most homeowners like you only hire a Home Improvement Contractor once every 7 to 10 years.
- Many Home Remodeling Companies fail in the first 5 years
- Since 2000, hundreds of new Home Improvement Contractors have started up in New Jersey
So, how do you choose the correct Home Improvement Contractor for your Home Remodeling project?
- You research your proposed contractor very carefully
- Ask them lots of pertinent questions
- Get the answers to your questions in writing so that you have a written record if anything goes wrong
Here’s a list of questions for you to ask your Home Improvement Contractor. It’s not an exhaustive list and not all will be applicable to your job but it should give you help in deciding whether they are right for you.
Questions about Reputation and Stability
|Are you registered with the State of New Jersey as a Home Improvement Contractor and will you provide us with your registration number?|
|Will you supply a copy of your current insurance certificate?|
|Will you provide a copy of your business registration for your current company? (This is proof of how long they have been in business under this name.)|
|Can you provide me with a reference list with at least 25 customers?|
Questions about Experience and Methodology
|Do you provide a written agreement and a price that is guaranteed for the work specified without exceptions?|
|Will you provide a detailed breakdown of the service you are providing?|
|Will you provide a bio of the supervisor who will be on our project?|
|Do you have a written policy regarding smoking, drugs and alcohol by your crews?|
|How much of a deposit do you require?|
|Are you a GAF Master Elite Roofer (the highest certification they give)?|
|Are you a James Hardie® certified siding installer?|
|Are you a certified vinyl siding installer?|
|Are all of your subcontractors required to sign a standard of quality agreement and carry all insurances required by the State of New Jersey?|
Questions about Service Before, During and After the Project
|Will you provide me your warranty in writing?|
|Have you ever repaired a project that was out of warranty?|
|What is your company phone policy?|
|How often do you meet with homeowner to review job progress?|
|Do you provide a price guarantee?|
We hope these questions give you the information you need to make the best choice when it comes to hiring, evaluating and working with a professional home remodeling contractor.
We will be happy to provide you with a complete copy of our consumer guide and step-by-step installation process prior to our first meeting. We live by our guide. We know this sets a standard that we can be proud of and that the majority of our competitors can’t match. Upon request we will gladly provide you with our written proof of compliance with each question.