Vetting Contractors

The older I get the less tolerance I have for incompetence and the more I am willing to pay a premium for high quality services with good communication. Over the past few years I’ve done many upgrades to my home including a kitchen remodel, build a swimming pool with spa and patio, redesigned landscaping, planted several trees, and repainted the exterior siding. Since it can be a time consuming process getting a half dozen quotes and checking reviews, I have developed my our list of questions that helps me steer clear of the types of companies that I don’t want to do business with. Some of the questions I developed through personal bad experiences and others I found in online guides like words of caution when hiring a pool builder and How to Hire a Contractor (ThisOldHouse). Below are of few of my deal breakers, if the company can’t answer these questions promptly with a clear demeanor, then that’s a red flag.

  1. Who are your parts and material suppliers?
  2. Have you ever done business under a different company name than your present one?
  3. Can you send me references of three happy customers you have serviced in the past 6 months?
  4. Will I be writing my checks to your business name or a personal name? (you want a business name)


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