How To Choose A General Contractor

Choosing the right General Contractor for your building project is crucial.  Our own Attorney General has posted a free publication to assist home owners in making informed, wise decisions when selecting the company that will be responsible for creating your dream build.  Here are just some of the recommended steps to follow when choosing your builder.

Blueprint For Success-How To Choose A Contractor

(Taken from the Idaho Attorney General Residential Construction Guidelines)

Select a general contractor with great care and consider the
Ask friends and family members for

Ask the general contractor for the company’s full
business name, address and telephone number, and
verify them. A post office box, with no street
address, is not acceptable.

Check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) in
the area where the contractor’s business is located,
or on the web at, to see if any
complaints have been filed against the company.

Check the records at the county magistrate court
and district court to see if any claims have been
filed against the general contractor or company.

Ask for a list of previous customers whom you can
contact for references. Contact the references to
find out if they are satisfied with the contractor, if
there were problems and, if so, the nature of the

 Do not automatically select the lowest bidder.

If your construction contract will be more than
$2,000, verify that the contractor is registered with
the Idaho Contractors Board. As of January 1,
2006, contractors are required to register with the
Beware of:
1. Unknown or out-of-town contractors in unmarked
trucks or vans.
2. Door-to-door salespeople and telephone solicitors
promising quick jobs and bargain prices.
3. Organizations that offer a bargain rate because
their “equipment is already in the neighborhood.”
4. Businesses that advertise “special introductory
5. Contractors who use high pressure, scare or
threatening sales tactics.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Scott Adams says:

    I like that you talked about asking customers that have used the company before what they thought. I have been looking for a company to come build my new home. I can see how it would be good to speak with former clients. That way, I will be able to see how long the company works for.


  2. Derek Dewitt says:

    My wife and I are wanting to remodel our kitchen next year, but we aren’t sure how to find a good contractor for the job. I like that you suggest verifying the company’s full
    business name, address and telephone number. I want to make sure they are legit first and have a physical office I can contact, so I’ll be sure to do this. Thanks for sharing!


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