Contractor selection guidelines
Selecting Your Contractor
Before you look for a contractor, think your project through from start to finish. Decide how you would like your finished remodeling project to look and how you will use it. Keep in mind colors, textures, lighting, storage and special needs.

Be prepared to tell the remodelor specifically what you want. They will transform your ideas into reality using expertise and professional knowledge, but only based on how much information you initially supply.

This helpful guide has a listing of Remodelors' Council Members who are members of the Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne who specialize in remodeling, renovation, restoration and home improvement. Also included are suppliers and sub-contractors.

It is recommended that you solicit two to three bids for your project…do not automatically accept the lowest bid! Make sure all bids are based on the same set of plans and specifications. Discuss the bids in detail with the contractor to make sure you understand the reasons for any variations of the price. Sometimes a higher price may be worth
paying, if the materials to be used are of higher quality or the work more extensive. For example, if you are having your kitchen remodeled and one bid is based on installing prefabricated cabinets in standard sizes and another bid is based on installing custom-made cabinetry, the prices will not be compatible.

Check the Contractor Out
Ask the contractor for local references and call them to see if they were satisfied with the contractor's work. If possible, try to see the finished projects.

Call to see if the following businesses have any information about the

    Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne, Inc. 420-2020

    Better Business Bureau 423-4433

    Q: How long has the company been in business?
    Q: Are there any outstanding complaints?
    Q: Is there any other relevant file information?

Ask the Contractor

  • Ask if the company is insured against claims covering workers' compensation, property damage and personal liability in case of accidents.
  • Ask to see a copy of the certificate of insurance or ask for the name of the contractor's insurance carrier and agency to verify that the contractor has insurance. Insurance is required by Indiana state law. Be leery of contractors who give you an excuse instead of the documentation. Licensing and bonding are also required in Allen County.

After Choosing Your Contractor
A written contract should be prepared; it is protection for both you and the contractor. The written contract should include the following.

  • Contractor's full name, address, phone number and professional license number.
  • Detailed description of work to be done, specific materials to be used in terms of quality, quantity, weight, color, size or brand name.
  • All agreements and oral promises in writing.
  • Exactly what the contractor will and will not do.
  • Agreed upon start and completion dates.
  • Total cost and payment schedule.
  • Warranties and guarantees of workmanship.
  • Method for debris and material removal upon completion.
  • If you intend to do some work yourself or hire a second contractor, include this in the contract.

Never sign a partial or blank contract! Prior to signing, carefully read each clause and ask questions. After signing, retain a copy of the contract. You usually have three working days to cancel the contract; your contractor should inform you of your cancellation rights orally and in writing and provide the cancellation forms.

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