8 Questions To Ask Your Residential General Contractor

When it comes to choosing a general contractor for your home improvement projects, it’s important to find one that you can work with over the history of your home — not just during one project. So you’ll want to choose a contractor that you work well with. How can you figure this out? Well, there are a few questions we think you should ask.

Eight Questions To Ask Your Residential Contractor 

Here is a list of the eight questions you should ask a residential contractor.

  1. How long have you been in business?
  2. Do you have General Liability Insurance?
  3. Have you worked in this area?
  4. What is your lead time?
  5. Will you be working on my project full time?
  6. Who will I connect with during the project?
  7. How do you bill homeowners?
  8. How will the project be left each day?

Why Do These Questions Matter?

Asking a contractor how long they have been in business is a good way to weed out the fly-by-night contractors. Though rare, they do exist. However, just because a contractor has been in business for a year doesn’t mean they aren’t experienced. The culture of construction — and most trade work in general — is family-centric. Children learn the trade from their parents, apprentices learn from journeymen, and the cycle over generations produces people who are deeply ingrained in construction. It’s trademarked by personal pride, honor, and responsibility. 

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