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1.Have a clear idea of what you want done, do some homework.
2.Check out the zoning and permitting requirements.
3.How are you going to pay for the project?
4.What kind of contractor do you need?
5.Does the contractor hold the appropriate license?
6.Hire only licensed contractors. https://www.dpor.virginia.gov/LicenseLookup/
7.Review complaint history on DPOR website.
8.Get three references, review past work.
9.Get at least three bids.
10.Don’t hire a contractor that is going door-to-door.
11.Pay 10% down, or $1,000, whatever is less.
12.Hire only licensed contractors.
13.Insist on a detailed contract .
14.Refuse to pay for materials up front.
15.NEVER pull your own permit.
1.Do you need a permit? How about inspections?
2.Hire properly licensed subs.
3.Be sure that you are exempt from licensure.