Rest assured knowing your renovation project is in good hands by asking a potential contractor these key questions during an interview.

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There is no doubt undergoing a home renovation can be a stressful situation, and there are few people who can alleviate any anxiety and confusion more than a good contractor. But how do you seek out the right person for your project needs? Here, we work through 10 vital questions to ask a contractor during an interview.

1. How Long Have You Been Working in the Business? 

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1. How Long Have You Been Working in the Business?

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While many of us may want to give people the benefit of the doubt, this is a situation where years of experience both in the field and working as a business owner is hard to over emphasize. Someone who has years of knowledge will not only know how to solve common problems that may arise during construction, they will also have well-established connections to subcontractors and suppliers, and will know how to set up reasonable deadlines to ensure their work is completed on time. 

You may find some contractors that are new to the business but have years of work experience in the industry. If that’s the case and you’d like to engage with that contractor, consider starting off with a smaller project and seeing how it goes. 

2. Are You Licensed? 

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Although this may not be a requirement for all projects (requirements for licensed contractors depend on the scope of work and the location of the project), it’s important to know that the contractor you engage with has experience in the work you’re looking to have done. 

 3. Is Your Team Covered by a Certificate of Insurance? 

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