You found a home, you have a home inspector check it out, its good, you buy it and move in. Congratulations!
Studies show that most people remodel within the first two years of moving into their new home. Before hiring ask some simple questions.
- How long have you been a licensed contractor?
- Show me proof of your insurance.
- I would like some references from recent jobs.
The first will give you some indication of the contractors range of experience.
The second will offer protection if something goes wrong.
The third will let you ask people what the contractor is like to work with and how happy he made them.
A home inspection is going to advise you of the present condition of your home and may offer guidance on recommended repairs but its your home and your money so protect your investment by doing your homework.