Do your research. “We asked lots of people who they’d worked with. The BIA (Building Industry Association) advised us to research our choice at the state L&I Web site, and check on (contractors’) status, if they were licensed and current on their payments for insurance, bonding and licenses.
“You can sign up to be notified if they became not current,” says Susan Jewell, executive director, Arc of Whatcom County, who worked with construction of the Dan Godwin Community Center. “We also took the time to see their previous projects.”
- Seek compatibility. “The key is chemistry with you and the contractor. It’s as important as any other element,” says Bill Quehrn, executive vice president of the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County.
“When you’re building, you have dreams, hopes and a budget, and need someone you can communicate that to. When remodeling, it’s valuable to find someone who can visualize improvements you may not have even thought of.”