1. Are there any liens against you right now?
2. With whom do you have insurance?
3. What was your last job and can I contact them as a reference? (Then do it.)
4. Do you do the work or do you contract it out to someone else?
5. Will you be present on the job site?
6. When was the last time you did this kind of a job?
7. Will you handle the city permits and inspections and how will I know that you did?
8. How do you want to get paid: end-of-the job invoice or in increments after inspection?
9. How flexible are you with plan changes?
10. Are there things I can do to help reduce the cost?