Checklist for hiring registered builders or remodelers
Becoming familiar with the business of a prospective remodeler or builder helps ensure their experience relates to your individual project. This checklist can help when it’s time to choose a Registered Remodeler or Builder member of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville:
- Verify that you’re talking to a Registered Builder or Remodeler.
- Check to be sure the remodeler or builder has a permanent business location and a good reputation with local banks and suppliers.
- Ask how long they have been in the remodeling or building business. You want to be sure they’ll be around after the project is complete to service warranties and to address issues that could develop.
- It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business.
- Check with the Better Business Bureau to learn of any complaints.
- Inquire whether the remodeler or builder has sufficient workers’ compensation and general liability insurance. If not, you may be liable for any construction- or remodeling-related accidents on your premises. It’s a good idea to ask for proof of insurance.
- Check references.
- Check for quality of workmanship and materials of previous projects.
- Be sure you can easily communicate with the person.
- Ask for a complete and clearly written contract. Review it carefully.
- Be cautious of unusually low-priced bids. If the remodeler or builder is unable to pay for materials and labor as the project proceeds, there could be potential problems.
- Visit www.bialouisville.com for lists of Registered Remodelers and Builders.
- Look for these logos: