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.