Helpful Questions to Ask When Hiring a Contractor
Unfortunately, some contractors change their company names frequently due to legal issues that they have with their clients. Be aware of those type of contractors. Make sure that they own the same company actively for at least 5 years.
All credible contractors carry insurance with a sufficient coverage ($1,000,000 or more). Ask them to provide you with a copy of their business insurance (GLI) and make sure that the insurance is active and not expired.
Once you ask this question, if the contractor pauses or tries not to give a direct answer to these questions then you should be careful.
If they prefer not to reply or say more than 4 projects (unless they are a large-scale contractor) you can be sure that your project will take at least double the time that it normally takes to finish, because those contractors will stretch their work force so thin that they will not be able to work at one project no more than 2 days per week.
Make sure that they are realistic to set the goals and provide you with the information that is real and not the information that you want to hear.
This will show how reputable they are with their material vendors.
If the general contractor is a good one, they will say that they have been working with them for at least a few years.