According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), there are many things to consider when you are hiring a builder or remodeler. They have a checklist available that will not only help with your decision making process, but will also help you avoid many of the pitfalls that homeowners can fall into. Among the items on the checklist they have the following:
- Does the builder or remodeler have a permanent business location and a good reputation with local banks and suppliers?
- How long have they been in the building business? It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business. Will they be around after the construction is complete to service any warranties?
- Have you called your local Better Business Bureau? They can alert you to any complaints.
- Does the builder/remodeler have sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance? If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises.
To learn more about all the items on the checklist please visit their website at:
Remember that you always want to hire a builder that is an active long-standing member of the community, is interested not only in your project but also in building a relationship with you, and has a very good relationship with the local suppliers. It is highly recommended that you call a local building supply company and ask what it is like to do business with them.