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So, you’ve decided to turn your cold, drab basement into a functional and appealing living space. Millions of homeowners before you have embarked on this same journey, many of whom are lacking in the DIY skills to pull off this undertaking on their own. When it comes to basement remodeling, which poses its own unique set of challenges, hiring the professionals is often the best investment a homeowner can make.

But how does one wade through a sea of prospective contractors to find the right one? There are areas with dozens of options at their fingertips. That’s a lot of information to sort through, and it can feel overwhelming to interview contractor after contractor. Fortunately for you, there are ways to make this process a bit less stressful. The most important thing you can do is to learn the right questions to ask of a contractor.

When Interviewing a Basement Remodeling Contractor

You’ll likely have several interviews and receive several bids from contractors that are competing for your basement remodeling project. To cut down on the amount of time that this takes, make a checklist of these important questions to ask at each interview you conduct.

“How long has your business been in operation?”

An overwhelming majority of basement remodeling and other construction companies fail within five years. You’re looking for one of the few that have been around for a longer time than five years. This experience and dedication will pay off for your basement.

“Can you complete the project in its entirety?”

If you’re finishing a basement, getting a contractor that will handle the whole job-from start to finish-will save you heaps of time and money.

“Do you provide written quotes? And are these quotes accurate?”

Sometimes, homeowners get put on the hook for as much as 25% more than they were initially quoted by their contractor. Ask the contractor how they go about creating a quote. Go online and look up reviews of the company to see if others have had problems with inconsistent quotes and pricing.

“Do you offer warranties on your work?”

A competent professional will provide warranties on their work so that you are not stuck paying for it if something does go wrong.

“You’re licensed, right?”

No homeowner wants to mess with unlicensed contractors. There’s usually a very good reason for the lack of license (such as a lack of proficiency at the core concepts surrounding this field of expertise) that could leave the homeowner in a bad position.

“What kind of insurance do you have?”

All quality contractors are insured against damages that could come to the home as well as injuries that could take place during your basement renovation.

What you need to know about any basement remodeling contractor is that their business is well-established, professional and full-service. Homeowners do not need to sacrifice any of these important traits to get great results and a professionally finished basement that they’ll be proud to show off to guests.