Before You Hire
Interview at least three contractors and request written estimates.
Check with the Board of Building Regulations and Standards, 617-727-3200, to make sure the contractor is registered with the state. Most residential contractors are required to be registered (a contractor that is not registered may be hard to find if something goes wrong and you will not be entitled to compensation from the state – Bates Remodeling is a fully licensed and insured General Contracting firm that is also registered with the state of Massachusetts to do home improvements.)
Check the contractor’s references. Contact other homeowners that are referenced to see how well the job went, was the job within budget and finished within a reasonable amount of time.
Do some homework. How long has the contractor been in business, can they handle the work you require and the quality that you deserve?
Before you sign a contract
Always request a detailed written contract, even for small projects. State law requires all contracts over $1,000.00 to be in writing.