How To Find a Builder or Remodeler on Kauai

Checklist for Finding and Hiring a Builder or Remodeler

Doing your homework will help you have a more successful experience.

  • Contact your local home builders’ association for the names of member builders and remodelers:  call Contractors Association of Kauai 808-246-8642.  You can also ask family, friends or coworkers for recommendations.
  • Make sure the builder/remodeler is licensed and insured!  Many will tell you they are but are not!  The home owner is liable to pay all subcontractors hired if the general contractor skips town.  If you don’t pay, they can put a lien on your house.  Check with the DCCA website for actively licensed Contractors., navigate to the PVL link (Professional and Vocational Licensing).
  • Make sure the builder or home remodeler has a permanent business location and a good reputation with local banks and suppliers.
  • Find out how long they have been in the building business. It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business. You want to make sure they will be around after the construction is complete to service any warranties.
  • 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.
  • Ask the builder/remodeler to provide you with references of previous customers. If they won’t, beware. If they do, ask the customers if they would hire the builder/remodeler again.
  • 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 for some time afterward as you get settled in.
  • Make sure the builder/remodeler provides you with a complete and clearly written contract. The contract will benefit both of you.
  • Be cautious of unusually low-priced bids.  Keep in mind that less expensive does not necessarily mean better!  Its expensive to be run a legitimate business in Hawaii.  Licensing, insurance, and retaining quality workers  come with a price.  Don’t skimp on the front end to leave yourself vulnerable with all the unknowns.  In addition, following all OSHA standards is still a requirement by home owners not using a licensed contractor.  You will be responsible for their safety on your job.  Leave this to the professionals.  You are paying for peace of mind.


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