"How can I verify that the Builder/Contractor I hire is reliable and trustworthy?"
This is probably the number one concern homeowners have when choosing their Contractor. Entrusting someone to build or remodel your home is an emotional experience involving one of your largest assets. If a potential contractor is not entirely truthful during the interview process, then they are likely to be deceitful during the construction process as well.
These are questions that you should ask a contractor during the interview process and how to verify the answers you receive.
Q. Are you licensed General Contractor in the State of Nevada? If so, are you bidding within the scope of your license? Obtain their license number and visit the Nevada State Contractors Board at www.nscb.state.nv.us or call (775) 688-1141 to confirm.
Q. What is your company’s Monetary Bid Limit?
This is the maximum dollar amount a contractor can legally bid on a project. Verify at www.nscb.state.nv.us . The Contractors Board uses a company’s cash flow and assets to establish this limit. It exists to protect YOU, the consumer. A Monetary bid limit is an indicator of the company’s financial strength and is required by law to be noted on all estimates provided.
Q. Who is the Principal name on the Contractor’s License and how long has he or she been in business?
Q. Has the Nevada State Contractors Board ever filed disciplinary action against your company?
If so, Why? Answers to these three questions can also be verified at www.nscb.state.nv.us .
Lastly, always request references from a contractor’s previous clients. Fortunately, we live in a small community and word travels fast. If a customer is happy with a contractors work, they will be more than happy to tell you about their experience. Likewise, if they were UNHAPPY, they will relish telling you ALL about it.
Be sure to check back next month for the rest of the ways to verify that your contractor will be reliable and trustworthy and check our website at www.adctahoe.com.