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 http://www.bbb.org, 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
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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