Here are some questions to ask and things to consider before you hire a contractor like Incredible Renovations to remodel your home:
❍ Find a builder/contractor who is a member of a local professional association and ask to see their license.
❍ Look for a team that consists of an architect and a builder who have worked together before and who understand sustainability.
❍ Check their references. Ask to see other projects they have done together that are similar to yours.
❍ Find out if they specialize in EarthCraft House (new construction and renovations), LEED (new construction only) or other third-party green certification.
❍ How knowledgeable are they about passive solar design?
❍ Make sure the contractor has at least $1 million of general liability and worker’s comp insurance.
❍ Get at least three bids for your project. Remember, the lowest bid is not necessarily the most responsible. Give weight to the price, qualifications and the rapport you have with each other.
❍ Before you sign a contract, find out how long it will take for them to do your renovations and what their process is for managing the job.
❍ How, and how often, will they communicate with you?
❍ Since efficiency and sustainability are important to you, be sure to ask if they recycle construction waste, if they use local products versus imported products and if they make intelligent framing choices that reduce waste and returns.For More Information about Incredible Renovations: www.incrediblerenovations.com