This New Orleans Real Estate Blog post will cover the 5 most important questions that you should ask of every contractor that you interview. There is a lot of work in New Orleans right now. In fact, you might be considering renovating your own home. So, what are the questions that you should ask?
- Is your bid an estimate or fixed price? Most people assume that the bid is a fixed price...but it actually may be simply an estimate. If you want a fixed price but the contractor says there are too many unknowns to create a bid, you should ask him to list the unknowns and try to make them "known."
- Would you please itemize your bid? Do not simply accept a bottom line bid. An itemized bid allows you to see each line item and compare those items to the other contractors that you have received bids from. The contractor should not object to this request. They are going to have to figure each item out eventually to complete the job so this is not additional work. If they refuse, this may be a signal.
- How long have you been working in New Orleans? A number of contractors have been moving to New Orleans post-Katrina. Is it important to you to have a contractor with a long-list of references dating back many years? Another important reason to hire a local contractor is the fact that they will be better equipped to understand the local zoning laws, building codes, historic laws, etc. We all know that it can be difficult to navigate New Orleans City Hall!
Of course, these are not the only questions that you should ask when interviewing potential contractors, but they are 5 questions that you should ask. This post is based on this article from Houselogic.com