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The Ultimate Hiring a Contractor Quiz
by Staff
Some projects are too complex to do yourself. When you decide to make a major home improvement, you'll want to hire a contractor. But why not just hire all of the subcontractors yourself, and cut out the middle man? Take our quiz to learn more about the difference between hiring a contractor and collecting a bunch of subcontractors yourself.

The main purpose of a contractor is do which of the following?

  • A contractor is basically a project manager.
  • A contractor is responsible for the hands-on aspects of a project.
  • A contractor is a design specialist.

How do you know when a project is too difficult for you to do on your own?

  • Any project that requires specialized skills should be done by a professional.
  • Any project that requires more than 40 hours of work should be done by a professional.
  • Any project that will cost over $5,000 should be done by a professional.

A contractor is to a subcontractor as a wedding planner is to which of these?

  • a wedding cake
  • a bride
  • a baker

Who pays the insurance and employment taxes of the subcontractor's staff?

  • the general contractor
  • you
  • the subcontractor

Why don’t contractors increase the size of their staff, rather than work with subcontractors?

  • Maintaining a staff is too expensive.
  • Subcontractors do better work.
  • There is a legal limit to how many workers a contractor can have.

When looking for the right contractor, you should find one with which of these important qualities?

  • experience
  • a good attitude
  • a firm handshake

Who assumes liability for work-related injuries when you hire your own subcontractors?

  • the subcontractors
  • you
  • the state

What is one of the most important benefits of hiring a contractor?

  • quality assurance
  • reduced costs
  • increased production speed

Lien laws are designed to protect whom?

  • the homeowner
  • the contractor
  • the bank

To avoid financial disputes with a contractor, you should do which of the following?

  • Check your contractor's criminal background.
  • Check your contractor's residential status.
  • Check your contractor's credit history.