1. Make sure your contractor is properly registered.
2. Investigate the reputation and experience of the contractor.
3. Be wary of contractors who ask you to pick up the building permit.
4. Plan your project carefully, including detailed plans, if necessary.
5. Don’t compare apples to oranges when evaluating bids. Make sure bids are based on identical project specifications.
6. Ask what inconveniences might arise.
7. Obtain a written contract.
8. Make sure you understand the terms before you sign anything.
9. Be cautious about paying for work not yet completed.
10. Put all change orders in writing.
11. Make frequent inspections and consult your local building department.
12. Avoid making final payment until you have received a lien releaase from suppliers and subcontractors.This information brought to you by: The Home Builder’s Association of Tri-Cities. To find more information about hiring contractors, visit their website at http://www.hbatc.com