David Kaiser Custom Construction wants you to be confident you’ve made the right choice in choosing a contractor for your remodeling project. We welcome you to interview us so you can be informed in making this important decision. Below is a checklist for helping you choose a contractor you can trust.
- In the State of California, anyone remodeling your home must be licensed and in good standing with the California Contractors State License Board. You can review a company’s license status and history by going to the Contractors License Board website at www.cslb.ca.gov.
- Ask for references that include past and current clients, particularly those with projects similar in scope and size to yours.
- Make sure the contractor is properly insured, including up-to-date liability insurance, which covers property damage, as well as workers’ compensation insurance, which covers personal injuries on the jobsite, if they occur. Don’t risk hiring an uninsured contractor whose employee(s) or subcontractor’s employee(s) could be injured working on your home.
- You get what you pay for. Beware of contractor quotes which vary significantly, but only if they are comparing apples-to-apples. A clear scope of work, detailed plans, and complete specifications of materials and finishes will achieve the documents you need for a true comparison. Understand that higher quality in service, craftsmanship, and materials will warrant higher costs. You should be confident your contractor can help design and plan your project, complete your project on time, and within the terms of a written agreement.
- When meeting with competing contractors, trust your instincts. Do they listen to your ideas and needs? Are they responsive to your calls and emails? Will they be considerate of you and your neighbor’s privacy and property? Can you see yourself working with them for several months? You should be able to trust your contractor with your home & all aspects of the project.
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