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Choosing a Contractor

David Kaiser Custom Construction wants you to feel certain that you have made the right choice in choosing a contractor for your remodeling project. We welcome you to interview us and other contracting companies in order for you to feel comfortable and informed in making this important decision. Below are some aspects of working with a contractor you may want to consider when interviewing and researching a contractor.

1. In the State of California, anyone working on your home must be licensed and in good standing with the California Contractors State License Board. You can review a company's license status, past history, and see any negative marks on the company by going to the Contractors License Board website at www.cslb.ca.gov.

2. Ask for references that include past and current clients, particularly those with projects similar in scope and size to yours. Speak with current clients to see what their experience has been like so far. This will give you an idea of how the contractor works and if they fit your needs.

3. Make sure that the contractor is diligent in being properly insured and following legal employment practices themselves as well as their subcontractors for all jobs being completed. You will want them to be insured with liability insurance, which covers property damage, and workers' compensation insurance, which covers workers on the jobsite. Don't risk hiring an uninsured contractor whose employee(s) or subcontractor's employee(s) could be injured working on your home.

4. Keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Beware if you've been meeting with contractors and the prices you are being quoted vary significantly. Note that higher quality in craftsmanship and service usually warrant increased costs. You want to be confident that your contractor can help design, plan and complete your project with pricing that feels fair and within reason of the agreed proposed cost.

5. When meeting with different contractors, trust your instincts. Are they listening to your wants and needs? Are they responsive to your calls and questions? Do they follow through? Do they seem like they would be considerate of you and your neighbor's privacy and property? Can you see yourself working with them for several months?

6. Inquire about the contractor's suppliers of materials. Will they meet your quality standards, expectations of performance and meeting code compliance? Will the contractor and their subcontractors practice environment friendly methods of disposal of waste materials? Will they keep the jobsite safe and clean up after each work day?

7. Inquire about timeline practices and follow through. Will the contractor be diligent in seeing that the project is completed within reason of the proposed completion date?

We look forward to the opportunity to be your contractor of choice.

David Kaiser Custom Construction
Contact Us 619.938.2657
Lic #727103

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