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Q: What 10 things should I be thinking and asking about when hiring a home improvement contractor (HIC)?

1.   Hire only state-licensed contractors.

2.   Ask to see a copy of the contractor's license and insurance and check that the contractor's license
      is in good standing at http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/hic 

3.   Get at least three bids.

4.   Get references from each bidder and take the time to check out their work.

5.   Make sure the details of the project and the payment terms are in writing.

6.   Confirm the contractor's liability and workers' compensation policies are active and the coverage
      amounts are adequate by calling the insurance companies.

7.   Don't pay more than 25% percent of the contract price.

8.   Progress payments should not get ahead of the work.

9.   Keep a job file containing all relevant paperwork, including the contract and record of payments.

10. Do not make the final payment until you're satisfied with the job, including cleanup

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Q: How long does it take to build a home?
A:  While small homes and additions take approximately 12 weeks to complete, larger projects often take 3 – 6 months. Custom design homes may require up to a year or more.

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Q: Do I need a contractor if I am building a home?
A: Yes. A general contractor can help you plan your project, hire workers, and ensure that mistakes are not made at your expense. Hiring a contractor can help you save money in the long run and avoid needless hassles.

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Q: Is there a standard calculation to use when trying to figure out building costs?
A: No. Each construction project is unique and has different associated costs. The only construction jobs whose costs can be standardized are tract homes. Square foot pricing is just an approximation at best in most cases.

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