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One of the most important times to ask questions is during the hiring process. Be sure to find a designer and installer/remodeling contractor that are willing to listen to your needs and work with you on creating the best solution for your new space. Many times people seek referrals or visit designer showrooms to find a person who is right for the job, but you can also visit the Medallion website dealer locator for recommendations.
When a group of National Association of the Remodeling Industry [NARI] contractors were asked what questions homeowners asked most frequently, the group unanimously agreed that their most popular queries were [in order of frequency]:
These are all good questions any homeowner would wonder about before allowing a contractor to work in their home. However, none of these questions help identify the quality or caliber of remodeler.
Here are some questions NARI members recommend asking before signing a remodeling contract.
A person's reputation speaks volumes and the same is true companies. Always ask contractors or remodelers for references from homeowners whose project they have completed in the past year. Also ask for business references from banks, sub-contractors, showrooms and other suppliers that the contractor has worked with in the last year. Your state website may offer helpful information on how to verify a contractor's license. Click here for a free consumer guide to working with contractors provided by the State of Minnesota.
Be sure to ask licensed contractors for a copy of their license number; many states now allow you to verify contractor licenses online. Click the picture below to download helpful guide [supplied by the state of Minnesota] to working with contractors. Many of the tips and suggestions are valid in every state, but be sure to check your state's website for specific rules and guidelines.
Ask if your contractor is a member of a local or national trade association, and then follow up with that association to verify.