Many Blaine residents are planning now for 2023 home projects. Before you select a contractor there are a few important questions to ask and items to research when reviewing contractors.
- Verify the status of a contractor’s license or by calling 651-284- 5069, 1-800-657-3944, or check online.
- Consider the type of remodeling project and inquire about the names of builders who specialize in or have experience with that type of construction.
- Ask friends or neighbors who have completed similar projects. Ask building supply companies or others in the industry about reputable contractors.
- Contact the Better Business Bureau to see if it has received complaints against a particular contractor.
- Ask the contractor for references and contact former customers to see if they were satisfied with the quality of the work or encountered problems.
- Ask the contractor how long he or she has been in business and where and ask for a Minnesota business address other than a post office box. Obtain a local phone number where the contractor can be reached during business hours.
- Check the litigation and criminal history of businesses and individuals on the state court system’s website at PA.Courts.State.MN.US.
The following are indications that a contractor may not be reliable or prepared.
- Asks the homeowner to obtain permits for the job.
- Arrives in an unmarked vehicle.
- Offers to complete your job at an unusually low price.
- Requires full or substantial payment before beginning work.
- Refuses to provide a written estimate or contract.
- Refuses to provide a DLI license number or provides a registration (IR) number.
- Offers to pay your insurance deductible.
- Refuses to provide references.
- Shows up unsolicited.
- Uses high-pressure sales tactics.
Once you have a list of contractors, ask them to submit bids. Obtain at least three, detailed bids for any construction or major remodeling project. The lowest bid may not be the best - the bids should be in writing and detailed in the scope of the work, type of materials and total cost. If time is a factor, an approximate completion date should be included. The Blaine Building Inspections Department is always available to answer questions about home projects.
For more information, visit BlaineMN.gov/BuildingInsections.