916 Plantation Blvd. Fairhope, AL 36532 (251) 928-9927


Building Goals

Check the real estate section of your newspaper. It’s a good starting point to learn which builders are active in your area, the types of homes they are building or remodeling, and the prices you can expect to pay.

Ask friends and relatives for recommendations. Ask about builders they have dealt with directly, or ask them for names of acquaintances who have recently had a good experience with a builder.

Verify the contractor’s name, address, and phone number. Be wary of workers who give you a pager number, or post office boxes, rather than street addresses.

Make sure your contractor has an occupational license from the State of Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board. (General contractors licensed prior to Jan. 1, 1992, are exempt). Ask to see the builder’s pocket-sized license card (it’s burgundy and white) or call the State of Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board at 1-800-304-0853 to make sure your builder is licensed.

Request references on similar work performed by the builder. Ask to see a job in progress, and ask for the name and number of a customer who had work done over a year ago.

If you are having a house built, see if the builder has continuing education credentials such as a CGB (Certified Graduate Builder.) If you are having remodeling work done, see if he or she has a CGR (Certified Graduate Remodeler) designation.

Before your builder begins to work, you should:

  • Ask to see proof of worker’s comp and liability insurance.
  • Agree on finance charges and a payment schedule.
  • Make sure you have guarantees and warranties in writing.
  • Agree on start and finish dates and put the dates in writing.