Contractor Checklist: Do Your Homework.

Do your homework before you build or remodel your home.

Use this checklist to select a contractor you can trust with your biggest investment and most valuable asset.

SIBA Member. Is the contractor a member of the Southwestern Indiana Builders Association? Membership in professional organizations is a way for contractors to invest in their professionalism.

Is the contractor licensed? This is required in Vanderburgh County, and can be confirmed at the Building Commissioner’s office.

Workers’ Comp & Insurance? Can the contractors provide proof of Workers’ Compensation and General Liability Insurance? If not, you may be liable for construction-related accidents on your premises. Reputable contractors encourage customers to ask for this.

Talk To Previous Customers. Will the Contractor provide you with names of previous customers? If so ask them key questions. If not, watch out!

See Examples of Work. Have you seen the contractor’s work, both completed and in progress? Check for quality of workmanship and materials.

Check Business Reputation. Does the contractor have a good reputation with banks, suppliers, and other builders? These can be good references for a contractor’s business practices.

Get A Contract. Will the contractor provide you with a complete and clearly written contract? We strongly encourage you to insist on this.

BBB Complaints? Have you called the Better Business Bureau? They can alert you to any outstanding complaints against bad contractors.

Clear Communication. Are you able to communicate well with the contractor? Misguided expectations cause the most complaints by customers.