11 tips on hiring a contractor

1. Get recommendations
2. Have 3 written estimates
3. Check if there has ever been a complaint about them or the company
4. Make sure they have the proper licensed and registration requirements
5. Get the names of all suppliers they will use and ask if the contractor makes timely payments
6. Contact your local building inspection department to check for permits and inspections requirements
7. Ask to see the contractors insurance certificate
8. Insist on a written contract
9. Understand your payment options
10. Don’t not complete the contract until you know all permits are clear and all vendors have been paid
11. Pay by credit card when you can, You may have some payment options if you have to stop payment to the contractor