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Checklist for Finding and Hiring a Builder or Remodeler

Doing your homework will help you have a more successful experience. Use this checklist to help you select a home builder or home remodeler to work on or build your home:

  • Contact your local Home Builders & Remodelers’ association for the names of member builders and remodelers. If you are on this website and live in this area, you have already found your local Home Builders & Remodelers Association. If you live in a different region outside of Central Massachusetts, go to: You can also ask family, friends or coworkers for recommendations.

  • Check that the builder or remodeler have the proper licenses. Builders and remodelers are required to hold a Construction Supervisor’s License (CSL) and remodelers should also be registered as a Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) in Massachusetts.

  • Check here to see if a contractor has a valid CSL:

  • Check here for contractors registered as a Home Improvement Contractors.

  • Check out the company’s rating and if there have been any complaints filed with your local Better Business Bureau:

  • Make sure the builder/remodeler has sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance. If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises.

  • Verify that your remodeler is an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator if you are planning work in a home built before 1978 home that will disturb more than six square feet of painted surfaces inside the home or 20 square feet on the exterior of the home. To check if a contractor is certified, go here:

  • Ask the builder/remodeler to provide you with names of previous customers. If they won’t, beware. If they do, ask the customers if they would hire the builder/remodeler again. If they were happy with the builder or remodeler they will tell you. If they were not happy, they will really tell you.

  • Check with your town Building Official. They often know who is good and who isn’t.

  • Ask if you can see the builder/remodelers work, both completed and in progress. Check for quality of workmanship and materials.

  • Do you feel you can easily communicate with the builder/remodeler? Remember you will be in close contact with them throughout the construction process and afterward as you live in your new home.

  • Make sure the builder/remodeler provides you with a complete and clearly written contract. The contract will benefit both of you. If you are having a new home built, get and review a copy of the home warranty and homeowner manual as well.

  • Shop for price and quality. The lowest bid is rarely the best value. Good quality and a fair price should be your goal.

For more help feel free to contact us at (508) 791-5595.


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