Important Questions To Ask Your Contractor

Chris Kennelly, Owner of Northfield Construction Company offers you some insight into the most important questions to ask your contractor before hiring them for a project.

When interviewing a contractor for a job, I think it is essential to ask questions that ensure your contractor has the past experience and project team needed to complete the job. Contractors come in many shapes and sizes, and each contractor has different capabilities, staff size, and backlog of projects.

Here are some key questions to ask:

  • How long has your company been around?
  • What similar projects like ours have you completed for clients?
  • Can we call them for a reference or can you provide other references?
  • How much of the work do you self-perform?
  • What is the experience level of your staff?
  • How far out is your current schedule?
  • Who will be my day-to-day contact on the job?
  • What type of communication can I expect on my project?

Remember, don’t just feel satisfied about asking the questions. Listen to the contractor’s answers and get concrete examples of his capabilities. Call the references they give you and make sure you are comfortable with the contractor you are choosing. In the end, a successful project is built on trust, and you need to trust the contractor you choose.

19 COMMENTS

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 02:09 am

    I like the idea of asking what similar projects have been completed. I think that seeing the past work of the contractor could be a good way of knowing what to expect from them. I'll have to remember to ask these questions when I am looking to hire someone.

    • NCCBlog

      Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 18:28 pm

      Glad we could offer some help! Feel free to call us for a quote any time.

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 17:13 pm

    I am looking to replace my driveway. It is old and cracking everywhere. I had never thought about asking for pass jobs and calling the person and asking their opinion. That would be very helpful in making a decision. If someone is willing to give past jobs they are very confident in there work.

    • NCCBlog

      Posted on Apr 01, 2016 at 18:24 pm

      Glad we could be of help to you!

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on May 16, 2016 at 20:14 pm

    Thanks for the post. I think these are helpful questions. I think asking how long the company as been around is a great question to start out with. I think that gives you a good base to start off with. I think it shows you that if they have been around a long time that they must do good work.

    • NCCBlog

      Posted on Jun 01, 2016 at 19:13 pm

      Very true! A long-lasting company will also have a large portfolio so you can get a look at their work. Thanks for reading!

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on May 27, 2016 at 16:55 pm

    I really like your point about asking a general contractor about the similar projects that they have completed. I am currently looking for a contractor to help me out and I think that it would be very valuable for me to see a portfolio of sorts so that I could see if they were truly up for the job at hand. Thank you for suggesting this question, because now I am going to ask it and also ask to see pictures of those projects as well.

    • NCCBlog

      Posted on Jun 01, 2016 at 19:14 pm

      Glad to hear we could help, Faylinn! Best of luck on your upcoming project.

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on Jul 05, 2016 at 21:13 pm

    There's a lot of remodeling work that needs to be done in my house, so asking these questions will help me find the right contractor. I liked that you posted to ask about their schedule. It would be nice to know that my remodeling project will be done on time, so hiring someone that doesn't have a busy schedule will allow them to take more time to work on my house every day. Thanks for the tips!

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on Sep 01, 2016 at 13:30 pm

    I've been trying to figure out what I should do to find a good concrete contractor. It makes sense that I would want to know how long that they have been around! After all, the longer they have been working, the more experience they have!

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 22:41 pm

    I like that you recommend asking what other kinds of projects your contractor has worked on. I would think that it is important to make sure they can handle the work you are expecting. I need someone to help me install a new driveway, so I hope I can get some good referrals to reputable concrete contractors in my area.

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on Oct 04, 2016 at 14:59 pm

    I really like all of the questions you provided to ask a contractor in the interview process. One question I did not think to ask, but that you put on here and I really liked was inquiring about who will be my day-to-day current contact on the job. That is something that is so important to know! In my experience, it is best to interview multiple contractors before hiring one to make sure you are getting the best possible option.

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 18:19 pm

    I am a newlywed. I do not know the first things about asking a general contractor about what is needed to do in order to be able to get the job done right. I think that these are great question ideas that you gave.

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 23:15 pm

    I like your idea on asking a concrete contractor how long they have been around. I would imagine that you would want to find someone who is experienced because they would probably do the job better and more effectively. I'm looking for someone to pave my driveway so I'll have to see how long they have been in business before I hire them.

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 23:38 pm

    I agree that you need to ask how many similar projects a concrete contractor has done. I would imagine that you would want to find someone who has done plenty of projects like yours in the past. I'm looking for a contractor to help pave my driveway so I'll have to find someone who has done similar jobs before.

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on Jan 09, 2017 at 22:43 pm

    I agree that you need to ask a concrete contractor how long they have been in business before you hire them. I would imagine that knowing how long they have been operating would probably tell you how experienced they are. I'm looking for someone to help pave my driveway so I'll have to find someone who has been around for awhile.

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 21:58 pm

    I agree with your tip about being able to call your previous concrete contractor's clients to check on work they have completed in the past. It's important to know that the concrete company you are hiring has done the quality work you are looking for. I will have to keep these questions in mind in the case that my husband and I find ourselves needing to a concrete contractor.

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 18:45 pm

    Thanks for recommending some important questions to ask your building contractor. You make a good point about how you should ask them for references. I would think that it is vital to make sure you know that you will be working with a reliable builder. I am thinking about having a new home built, so I will have to make sure I ask for recommendations and research reputable contractors.

  • NCCBlog

    Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 17:03 pm

    I think it is a great option to have maintenance done on the regular. I want to make sure that the hard stuff is done professionally. I want to make sure that everything is working properly.

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