8 Questions You Must Ask Before Hiring a Contractor

States set their own requirements here. Typically, contractors pass an exam to obtain a license from their state board and then take a certain number of continuing credits each year. These required credits are like going back to school for contractors, either virtually or in a classroom, to stay abreast of current building codes and business practices. “It shows that you’re keeping up to speed on code changes and best practices,” says Brad Boycks, executive director for the Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA). “Things can change quickly, so you want to have continuing education throughout the time you’re in business.” How can you be sure the contractor isn’t lying to you? David Godlewski, president of the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA), says most states have a state agency such as a registrar that allows homeowners to verify a contractor’s license or credentials.


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