It's unfortunate, but people do get stung from time to time from shoddy, fly-by-night steel building contractors who may not be specialists in metal construction methods. These 7 questions will ensure you're covered.

1. Ask how long they have been in business and get the name of the Owner/President.

2. Request a minimum of 3 local references.

3. Look up the company online with your local Better Business Bureau.

4. Ask if the company performs the building erection themselves or do they subcontract the erection.

5. If they sub-out, ask if they will be able provide you the subcontractors certificate of insurance with you listed as the certificate holder.

6. Ask if they are licensed by the building manufacturer to ensure your warranty will be intact.

7. Inquire about their relationships with local building authorities, code administrators, concrete companies, electricians, plumbers, architects and engineers? This is very helpful during the building process.

These extra questions should give you peace of mind, but if you have any other questions about your contractor decision, please feel free to email us or give us a call at 603.926.4966.