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Top 10 Questions to Ask Home Remodeling Contractors Before Hiring

Hiring the right home remodeling contractor is crucial for the success of your renovation project, whether it’s a residential kitchen remodel or a commercial office overhaul. With so many options available, it can be challenging to know where to start. To help you make an informed decision, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 questions to ask home remodeling contractors before hiring them. These questions will cover essential aspects such as experience, project timelines, cost estimates, references, and insurance, ensuring you select the best contractor for your needs.

It's important to know the best questions to ask home remodeling contractors before you start a home renovation to get great results like this modern kitchen.

1. How Much Experience Do You Have as Home Remodeling Contractors?

Why It Matters

Experience is a key indicator of a contractor’s ability to handle your project efficiently and effectively. A contractor with years of experience is more likely to have encountered and resolved a variety of challenges, ensuring a smoother renovation process.

What to Look For

– Number of years in business

– Types of projects completed (residential, commercial, or both)

– Specific experience in the type of remodel you are planning (e.g., kitchen, bathroom, whole home, office space)

Sample Question

“How many years have you been in the home remodeling business, and how many projects similar to mine have you completed?”

2. Can You Provide References from Past Clients?

Why It Matters

Speaking with past clients provides firsthand insights into the contractor’s work quality, professionalism, and reliability. References can reveal details about the contractor’s communication style, adherence to timelines, and problem-solving abilities.

What to Look For

– Positive feedback on work quality and adherence to timelines

– Willingness of past clients to recommend the contractor

– Any recurring issues mentioned by multiple clients

Sample Question

“Can you provide a list of references from recent projects, including contact information, so I can speak with some of your past clients?”

3. Are Your Home Remodeling Contractors Licensed and Insured?

Why It Matters

Hiring a licensed and insured contractor protects you from potential legal and financial issues. Licensing ensures the contractor meets industry standards, while insurance protects you in case of accidents or damage during the project.

What to Look For

– Valid licensing in your state or locality

– General liability insurance

– Workers’ compensation insurance

Sample Question

“Can you provide proof of your current licensing and insurance coverage, including general liability and workers’ compensation?”

4. What is the Estimated Timeline for My Project?

Why It Matters

Understanding the project timeline helps you plan accordingly and sets realistic expectations for project completion. It also allows you to hold the contractor accountable for meeting deadlines.

What to Look For

– Detailed project timeline with key milestones

– Factors that could affect the timeline

– Contractor’s track record of meeting deadlines

Sample Question

“Can you provide an estimated timeline for my project, including start and completion dates, and how do you handle potential delays?”

5. What Will the Payment Schedule Look Like?

Why It Matters

A clear payment schedule outlines when and how much you’ll need to pay throughout the project. This transparency helps avoid misunderstandings and ensures that payments are tied to project milestones.

What to Look For

– Reasonable deposit requirements (typically 10-20%)

– Payments tied to specific project milestones

– Final payment upon project completion and client satisfaction

Sample Question

“Can you explain your payment schedule and the percentage required for the initial deposit?”

6. How Do Your Home Remodeling Contractors Handle Change Orders?

Why It Matters

Changes to the original plan are common in remodeling projects. Knowing how a contractor handles change orders helps you understand the process and potential additional costs involved.

What to Look For

– Clear process for requesting and approving changes

– Documentation and cost adjustments for change orders

– Communication about how changes affect the timeline

Sample Question

“What is your process for handling change orders, and how do you communicate the associated costs and timeline adjustments?”

7. Will You Obtain the Necessary Permits?

Why It Matters

Permits ensure that your remodeling project complies with local building codes and regulations. A knowledgeable contractor will handle the permitting process, saving you time and ensuring compliance.

What to Look For

– Experience in obtaining necessary permits

– Understanding of local building codes and regulations

– Assurance that all required permits will be secured before work begins

Sample Question

“Will you be responsible for obtaining all the necessary permits for my project, and are there any specific permits required for this type of remodel?”

8. How Do You Ensure Quality and Address Issues?

Why It Matters

Quality assurance measures and a clear process for addressing issues are crucial for a successful remodeling project. This ensures that the final result meets your expectations and any problems are resolved promptly.

What to Look For

– Quality control processes and inspections

– Warranty or guarantee on work performed

– Procedure for addressing and resolving issues during and after the project

Sample Question

“What quality control measures do you have in place, and how do you handle issues that arise during or after the project?”

9. Who Will Be On-Site Managing the Project?

Why It Matters

Knowing who will be on-site managing your project ensures clear communication and accountability. It’s important to have a dedicated project manager who can address your concerns and keep the project on track.

What to Look For

– Dedicated project manager or site supervisor

– Experience and qualifications of the on-site manager

– Availability and communication style of the project manager

Sample Question

“Who will be the primary person managing my project on-site, and how can I reach them if I have questions or concerns?”

10. Can You Provide a Detailed Written Contract?

Why It Matters

A detailed written contract outlines the scope of work, project timeline, payment schedule, and other important details. It protects both you and the contractor by ensuring that all expectations are clearly defined and agreed upon.

What to Look For

– Comprehensive scope of work

– Detailed project timeline and payment schedule

– Terms and conditions, including warranty and dispute resolution

Sample Question

“Can you provide a detailed written contract that includes the scope of work, project timeline, payment schedule, and other relevant terms?”

The home remodeling contractors at EC Custom homes create spaces that are timeless and beautiful for you and your family to enjoy.

Trust EC Custom Homes to be Your Home Remodeling Contractors

Hiring the right home remodeling contractor is essential for the success of your renovation project. By asking these top 10 questions, you can ensure that you select home remodeling contractors who are experienced, reliable, and committed to delivering high-quality work.

At Engineered Construction, Inc., we understand the importance of choosing the right partner for your remodeling needs. Our new branch, EC Custom Homes, specializes in residential renovation and design-build projects, including kitchen remodels, bathroom upgrades, and whole home renovations. With our expertise, commitment to quality, and client-centric approach, we are confident that we can help you bring your dream home to life.

For commercial projects, Engineered Construction offers a comprehensive range of services tailored to meet the unique needs of businesses. Our team of skilled professionals is dedicated to delivering exceptional results, ensuring that your commercial space is functional, aesthetically pleasing, and built to the highest standards.

Whether you are planning a residential or commercial project, Engineered Construction and EC Custom Homes are here to provide the expertise and quality craftsmanship you need. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward your next remodeling project.

Introducing EC Custom Homes



Your Partner in Residential Renovation and Design-Build Projects (copy)


At Engineered Construction, Inc., we have always prided ourselves on delivering exceptional construction services with a commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Today, we are thrilled to announce the launch of our new residential construction branch, EC Custom Homes. Specializing in renovation and design-build projects, EC Custom Homes aims to bring your dream home to life, whether it’s through a kitchen remodel, bathroom upgrade, whole home renovation, or any other custom project you envision.

Why EC Custom Homes?

EC Custom Homes was founded on the principles of innovation, craftsmanship, and personalized service. Our team, led by the experienced Dave Lombardo, is passionate about helping homeowners in Madison and the surrounding areas transform their living spaces. Here’s why EC Custom Homes stands out in the residential construction industry:

1. Expertise and Experience

   – With years of experience in the construction industry, our team possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to handle any renovation or design-build project. From initial consultation to final inspection, we ensure every detail is meticulously managed.

2. Comprehensive Services

   – We offer a wide range of services, including kitchen remodels, bathroom upgrades, whole home renovations, and more. No project is too big or too small for our dedicated team.

3. Client-Centric Approach

   – At EC Custom Homes, our clients are at the heart of everything we do. We work closely with you to understand your vision, preferences, and budget, ensuring the final result exceeds your expectations.

4. Quality Craftsmanship

   – Our commitment to quality craftsmanship means we use only the finest materials and employ the best construction practices. Your home will not only look stunning but also stand the test of time.

5. Innovative Design Solutions

   – We stay ahead of industry trends and incorporate the latest design innovations into our projects. Whether you’re looking for a modern, traditional, or eclectic style, we can create a space that reflects your unique taste.

A warm and inviting kitchen renovation by EC Custom Homes.

Services Offered by EC Custom Homes

Kitchen Remodels

The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home. It’s a space where families gather, meals are prepared, and memories are made. At EC Custom Homes, we specialize in creating beautiful, functional kitchens that meet your needs and enhance your lifestyle.

– Custom Cabinetry and Storage Solutions

Our custom cabinetry solutions provide ample storage while adding a touch of elegance to your kitchen. Choose from a variety of styles, finishes, and materials to create cabinets that complement your home’s aesthetic.

– High-Quality Countertops

We offer a wide range of countertop options, including granite, quartz, marble, and more. Our countertops are not only stunning but also durable and easy to maintain.

– Modern Appliances and Fixtures

Upgrade your kitchen with the latest appliances and fixtures. We can help you select energy-efficient, high-performance appliances that blend seamlessly with your kitchen design.

– Innovative Layouts and Design

Our team can reimagine your kitchen’s layout to maximize space and improve functionality. Whether you want an open-concept kitchen or a cozy, traditional layout, we can bring your vision to life.

Bathroom Upgrades

A well-designed bathroom can be a sanctuary where you relax and rejuvenate. EC Custom Homes offers bathroom renovation services that combine luxury, comfort, and practicality.

-Elegant Vanities and Storage

Our custom vanities provide storage solutions that keep your bathroom organized and clutter-free. Choose from a variety of designs, finishes, and countertop materials to create a vanity that suits your style.

– Luxurious Showers and Tubs

Transform your bathroom with a new shower or tub. We offer a range of options, from spacious walk-in showers with multiple showerheads to elegant soaking tubs for a spa-like experience.

– High-End Fixtures and Finishes

Upgrade your bathroom with high-end fixtures and finishes. Our selection includes faucets, showerheads, lighting, and more, all designed to add a touch of luxury to your space.

– Tile and Flooring

We offer a wide variety of tile and flooring options to suit any design aesthetic. Whether you prefer classic subway tiles, intricate mosaics, or sleek, modern flooring, we have the perfect solution for your bathroom.

Whole Home Renovations

Whether your home needs a complete overhaul or just a few updates, EC Custom Homes is here to help. Our whole home renovation services are designed to enhance your living space, improve functionality, and increase the value of your property.

– Open-Concept Living Spaces

Create a more open and inviting home with our open-concept living space solutions. We can remove walls, add structural support, and redesign your layout to create a seamless flow between rooms.

– Energy-Efficient Upgrades

Improve your home’s energy efficiency with our range of upgrades, including new windows, insulation, and HVAC systems. These improvements can help reduce your energy bills and make your home more comfortable year-round.

– Custom Additions

Need more space? We can design and build custom additions that blend seamlessly with your existing home. Whether you need an extra bedroom, a home office, or a larger living area, we can create the perfect solution.

– Exterior Renovations

Enhance your home’s curb appeal with our exterior renovation services. From new siding and roofing to landscaping and outdoor living spaces, we can transform the exterior of your home.

Design-Build Projects

Our design-build approach streamlines the construction process, ensuring your project is completed on time and within budget. By integrating design and construction services, we provide a seamless experience from start to finish.

– Collaborative Design Process

Our collaborative design process involves working closely with you to understand your vision and preferences. We create detailed plans and 3D renderings to help you visualize the final result.

– Transparent Communication

We believe in transparent communication and keep you informed throughout every stage of the project. Our team is always available to answer questions and address concerns.

– Quality Assurance

Our commitment to quality assurance means we oversee every aspect of the construction process, ensuring all work meets our high standards. We conduct thorough inspections at each phase to ensure your project is on track.

Meet Dave Lombardo and the EC Custom Homes Team

Dave Lombardo, the driving force behind EC Custom Homes, brings a wealth of experience and a passion for residential construction. Under his leadership, our team is dedicated to delivering exceptional results and unparalleled customer service.

Dave Lombardo: A Visionary Leader

Dave’s background in construction and project management has equipped him with the skills and knowledge to lead successful residential projects. His attention to detail, problem-solving abilities, and commitment to excellence make him an invaluable asset to EC Custom Homes.

Our Talented Team

Our team of skilled craftsmen, designers, and project managers is dedicated to bringing your vision to life. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, expertise, and collaborative approach. Each member of our team is committed to delivering high-quality workmanship and exceptional customer service.

Why Choose EC Custom Homes?

Choosing the right contractor for your home renovation or design-build project is crucial. Here’s why EC Custom Homes is the best choice for homeowners in Madison and beyond:

– Proven Track Record

Our portfolio of successful projects and satisfied clients speaks for itself. We have a proven track record of delivering high-quality renovations and custom homes that exceed expectations.

– Customer Satisfaction

Our clients’ satisfaction is our top priority. We strive to build long-term relationships with our clients based on trust, transparency, and mutual respect.

– Attention to Detail

We pay attention to every detail, ensuring that every aspect of your project is executed to the highest standards. From the initial design to the final touches, we take pride in our meticulous approach.

– Commitment to Sustainability

We are committed to sustainable building practices and use eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient solutions whenever possible. Our goal is to create homes that are not only beautiful but also environmentally responsible.

Stunning great room space featuring modern plastered walls and custom fireplace by EC Custom Homes.

Get Started with EC Custom Homes

Are you ready to transform your home into the space you’ve always dreamed of? Contact EC Custom Homes today to schedule a consultation. Our team is excited to work with you and bring your vision to life.

– Free Consultation

We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your project, understand your needs, and provide a detailed estimate. During this consultation, we’ll answer any questions you have and explain our process in detail.

– Personalized Design Plans

Our personalized design plans are tailored to your preferences and budget. We’ll work with you to create a detailed plan that outlines every aspect of your project, from design to construction.

– Professional Project Management

Our professional project management services ensure your project runs smoothly from start to finish. We handle all the details, so you can focus on enjoying your new space.

At EC Custom Homes, we are dedicated to helping you create a home that reflects your style, meets your needs, and enhances your quality of life. Let us help you turn your dream home into a reality. Contact us today to get started on your next renovation or design-build project.

By introducing EC Custom Homes, Engineered Construction, Inc. is excited to offer specialized residential renovation and design-build services to homeowners in Madison and beyond. With our expertise, commitment to quality, and client-centric approach, we are confident that EC Custom Homes will become the go-to choice for all your home remodeling needs. We look forward to working with you and creating a home you will love for years to come.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours from Engineered Construction Inc.



Edgerton House Restoration



A few months ago, Engineered Construction began a total restoration on a house damaged by a fire in Edgerton, WI. All that was saved were the concrete wall foundation of the house and the well pressure tank. With the hard work of our project manager, superintendent, and subcontractors, we were able to get this house restored to its original glory just in time for the holidays.

We are an industry leader in commercial construction and the restoration of commercial and residential fire and water damage. Our Immediate Response Program (IRP), puts us at your service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  We work on your behalf directly with your insurance carrier to coordinate all necessary contractors and ensure a smooth recovery to get you back in your home or business as soon as possible.


Click on the link below to view a lovely video of our clients’ coming home to their restored house just in time for Christmas. ♥




Dane County Humane Society

Engineered Construction just completed remodeling the Quarantine and Isolation areas for the Dane County Humane Society, 5132 Voges Rd, in Madison. The scope of work included demolition, plumbing, finish carpentry, and new epoxy flooring. DCHS was founded in 1921 and provides new beginnings to over 9,000 animals per year.

Turn Two Auto Repair

Engineered Construction recently completed work on a new 4,400 SF heated pre-engineered metal building for Turn Two Auto Repair located at 7984 County Hwy PD, Verona.  Turn Two was established in 1995 and is a full service automotive repair and maintenance shop. Engineered Construction has over 30 years of commercial construction experience and ensures that any project we carry out is completed with the utmost quality and high standards.

Engineering Industries – Phase Two


ECI has recently begun demolition for a new 13,375 sf pre-engineered building that will be built for Engineering Industries at 407 S Nine Mound Rd in Verona, WI. EI is a plastic injection molding services company that has been in business for over 50 years. This project is scheduled to be completed around the end of January, 2020. Engineered Construction previously worked with Engineering Industries in 2018 to complete an addition at their present location.

Kings Kids Academy


Engineered Construction recently finished repairs on a stone pillar at Kings Kids Academy, located at 8133 Mansion Hill Avenue in Madison. When there was an unfortunate car versus building incident, KKA contacted us through our 24/7 IRP (Immediate Response Program). We were able to work with the customer, the insurance company, our suppliers and subcontractors to complete the pillar repair in a timely manner.

Cap West

Engineered Construction just completed repairs at Capitol West Condominiums, 309 W. Washington Avenue in Madison.  Repairs included drywall, flooring and case work for 11 damaged units, and the 1st and 2nd floor common areas. Damages were caused by a water line break. EC has an Immediate Response Program (IRP), which puts us at your service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to all types of emergencies, including fire and water damage and catastrophic events such as tornadoes, wind and hail storms. In addition, we can assess concerns regarding mold asbestos remediation, lead testing and other environmental hazards.



Engineered Construction recently completed a demo and remodel for Treehouse (Formerly The Seventeenth Radish) in Verona. Treehouse offers clubs and camps for children to inspire learning, creativity, and problem-solving.