Here are some things to consider when hiring a contractor.

bulletLook for longevity.  If your contractor has been in business for a long time, he will more than likely be around to honor warranty work.


bulletIf someone solicits you, don't hire them until you check them out and make sure they are not a scam or temporary business.


bulletHire only insured contractors.  They will have the ability to cover any damage or accidents that occur during construction.  They should have both business liability and workers' comp insurance.  If the contractor is a sole proprietor, they may waive workers' comp insurance.


bulletDon't let your payments get ahead of the completed work.  If you do, there is no incentive for the contractor to return and finish.  Only pay for what is actually done or for materials that are on your property. 


bulletThe industry is very competitive.  Material costs are similar for all contractors.  If a bid is extremely low compared to other bids, it should be a red flag.  The contractor may have missed something in his bid or hires inexperienced craftsmen and pays them very little.  Sometimes, contractors give a low bid just to get the work and then will require more money later.  Hiring the cheapest contractor doesn't always save you money and definitely doesn't buy quality.


bulletMaking changes in the middle of construction is expensive.  If the contractor performs the work according to his original bid and you change your mind, you now have to pay the contractor to take down what they've already done and redo the work the new way.  Make sure you know what you want before beginning construction so you only pay for things once.


bulletQuality is just as important as price when choosing a contractor.  The saying, "You get what you pay for" is very true in the construction industry.  Ask if you can see examples of their work.