Home Improvement Contractor – Service Provider Hiring Guide


Services, costs and hiring best practices – proven tips for getting great Home Improvement Service

August 2019

When hiring and working with a Home Improvement Contractor, every homeowner needs to know: What services does a Home Improvement Contractor commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Home Improvement Contractor? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Home Improvement Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Home Improvement Contractor – FAQ

Q How do I get good Home Improvement Service work at a fair price?

A First, decide on ALL product / service options. Compile a list of work and quality requirements. Have at least 2 qualified pros complete detailed bids on the work. Use a written contract that ties payment to verifiable results.

Q What should I expect to pay for Home Improvement Service?

A Most Home Improvement Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for a Home Improvement Contractor ranges from $71 to $106 in most parts of the country. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 – 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Home Improvement Contractor.

Q Do I need to use a licensed Home Improvement Contractor for my job?

A A professional Home Improvement Contractor must be licensed to provide most Home Improvement Services. To check a Home Improvement Contractor’s license status, search the telephone directory or online for your state’s professional license board or department. Contact the licensing authority to verify license standing and history for the business and individual.

Q Should I use an insured Home Improvement Contractor for my project?

A Your Home Improvement Contractor should carry adequate liability insurance for work related damages. Your Home Improvement Contractor should also have workman’s compensation insurance for job related injury or health risks.

Q Does my Home Improvement Contractor need to be bonded?

A A bond will protect the homeowner if the terms of the contract are not met by the Home Improvement Contractor. A bond is recommended for any work over $500. Make sure that your Home Improvement Contractor’s bond is valid and that the bond limit will cover the cost of completing or re-doing the work, before any work begins.

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