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What to Ask Your Centennial Contractor Before You Hire Them

December 19, 2018

So you’ve decided to hire a contractor to complete your dream remodeling project. You’re looking at the available options in the Centennial area and you’re eager to pick one so you can get the project started already. It can be understandably tempting to want to hire the first one that seems like a good deal and has decent reviews, but it’s important to have a series of questions in mind prior to pulling the trigger and hiring someone. If you’re thinking about hiring a contractor for your next project, here are a few of the questions you should ask before making a final decision.

Ask About Their License

This may seem like a simple, trivial question to ask but it is actually a vitally important one. Unfortunately, there are many contractors that practice poor business ethics and do not possess a contracting license. Cities and states usually require a contractor to obtain a license or some other form of credential prior to operating a business. It’s important to not only ask about their license but to request to see it as well. Related to this point, it’s crucial that you also see a contractors certificate of insurance, as you will want them to be covered in case anything goes wrong with the job.

What is the Timeline for Completion

Once you have a good idea of what your project will consist of, you will want to talk with your contractor about how long they expect the project to take. If you have a specific schedule in mind, you definitely won’t want to book a contractor that is unable to complete the project within your desired timeline. In the same vein, you will want to ask the contractor if there are any projects that may cause a conflict within your schedule.


Of course, one of the most important aspects of any job is the way in which payment takes place. You will want to be aware of what the contractor expects in terms of a payment schedule. The Better Business Bureau advises against paying full price for the contracting work upfront, as many scam artists will collect the cash and run, a definite disaster for homeowners. Get clear payment terms prior to committing to any project to ensure you don’t get taken advantage of. 

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