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Disaster Assistance and Property Damage – Tips for Choosing a Contractor

Tips for choosing a contractor

The following tips will help you find a reliable, licensed contractor.

Do your homework

Ask your family and friends for referrals or contact your local chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Look for contractors who are:

  • Established in your area with the Better Business Bureau
  • Licensed and/or bonded according to your state’s requirements
  • Fully insured with proper certification

Ask questions 

  • How long have you been in business?
  • What similar projects have you done recently?
  • May I have a list of referrals and suppliers?
  • Will you be on-site to supervise the repairs?
  • Do you have regular employees or subcontractors?
  • How long will the project take?

Get bids

Get bids in writing from at least 3 contractors. Carefully review any bid that’s a lot lower than others – it may be missing items or have mistakes.

Nail down a contract

Once you’ve decided the scope of the work and selected a contractor, get a formal contract. Some surprises may still come up, but a comprehensive contract can help prevent mistakes and keep your project on time and on budget.