Key Questions to Ask Before Hiring Remodeling Contractors

When you decide to take on a home remodeling project, you are taking on a pretty big decision. Whatever part of the house is being worked on, whether it’s an addition to the home, bathroom remodel, kitchen renovation, or something else, a lot of planning, skill, and time are needed. Before any of that, is the big decision about which remodeling contractor will be your pick to handle the remodeling project.

Unfortunately, there are quite a few horror stories with regards to this. Sometimes, projects wind up taking much longer than projected, such as weeks turning into months. Other times, there are sudden additional costs that are quite expensive, which were never properly discussed at the start.

On that note, here are some key questions to ask before hiring remodeling contractors.

“Do you have a valid license?”

This question is absolutely critical. Look into whether or not the company has a license issued by a local authority, and that it is not expired. When you get a licensed Roseville general contractor, you are working with a knowledgeable company that is bonded and has liability and workers’ compensation insurance. Hiring a contractor with no license leaves you possibly liable for medical bills if anyone gets hurt while working on your home, not to mention the possibility of the work being left undone out of nowhere. This will save you a lot of grief and headaches.

“What is the timeline for this project?”

It is important to be on the same page as the contractor from day one. You, as the homeowner, likely have a preferred timeline. On the other hand, the contractor may turn out to have an entirely different estimate. Having a realistic notion of the time will then help you manage your expectations. It is important to have a single schedule across the board that everyone can stick to for accountability.

“Are you able to provide a list of references?”

An experienced contractor will not hesitate to share a list of references, and they will definitely have quite a few under their belt. Any Sacramento roofer and similar type of contractor worth their salt will be more than happy to share about their successfully completed projects in the past. Aside from that, it is important to ask any of the references questions, like whether the job stayed on schedule or not. 

“Will you be able to offer a guarantee on your work?”

Even if the answer you receive is yes, don’t stop there. Get a more specific definition particularly with regards to the longevity of the guarantee. Will it be 3 months, 6 months, a year? What about a lifetime guarantee? Know the specifics of what they’re offering and just how long it is good for.


It is important to exercise due diligence when taking on a major project. Besides making sure that your time and resources are not wasted in the long run, you also ensure that your dream remodel does not morph into a nightmare. For best results, always consult a professional.

If you need a Sacramento general contractor that serves the greater Sacramento region, contact Cobex Construction Group today! We specialize in exterior trades, from roofing and siding to windows and painting. 

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