2) What is our construction schedule?
A construction schedule is a vital piece of information for both the contractor and the client to have. Personally, I'm not sure how contractors build without them. Keeping an up-to-date project schedule that outlines the various tasks and selection deadlines will give you a big-picture view of what really goes into your project. Staying ahead of your contractor with your selections is one way to ensure that you won't walk onto your jobsite and see nothing happening.
3) How long have you been doing business in the area?
Selecting a contractor that has been active in your town for at least five or ten years (or 33 in the case of Sloane Construction) is important because they will have existing relationships with town building officials, subcontractors, neighbors, etc. that can help keep your project running smoothly. A local, established contractor will also be more familiar with local town requirements (i.e. allowed working hours in/out of season or when you will need a Right-of-Way permit), which will help keep surprise costs at bay.
4) Who will be on my project every day?
Shouldn't you get a chance to meet the project manager or superintendent who will be responsible for your home before signing on the dotted line? We think so. Feeling comfortable with the construction team will help you feel more at ease about the project, especially on a remodel where lots of subcontractors will be walking through your current home every day. Make sure to ask your contractor about who will be responsible for supervising the day-to-day tasks, opening and locking up, and answering any questions you may have on a daily basis.