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5 Tips for Hiring Contractors in Northwestern Wisconsin

hiring a contractor in Wisconsin

Finding the right contractor for your Northwestern Wisconsin home can be daunting. Here’s how to find reliable professionals for your next home repair, construction or improvement project!  

1. Outline your project in writing. Include the materials, colors and finishes you want. If you need help putting it together, ask an interior designer or an architect for input.

2. Search for professional contractors who are members of the Wisconsin Builders Association. There are 21 local associations within the WBA. Barron and Rusk counties are served by the Heart of the North Builders Association, and you can find the member list at

You may also call me for a personal referral to local contractors!

3. Interview at least three contractors. Get written estimates from each one. (The most accurate estimate tends to be near the middle.) Also ask for proof of business registration, proof of insurance, and references from past clients.

4. Before you choose a contractor, verify their license status. In Wisconsin, most situations require the contractor to hold a Dwelling Contractor certification. You can verify a contractor’s license or registration by searching online at

5. Once you’ve chosen a contractor, obtain a written contract for the project. Read it carefully before signing. Be certain to review the project description, material list, financial requirements, job timeline and other terms. You can get an overview about home improvement contracts and how to protect yourself at the City of De Pere website.

One more tip: check your home value before and after the project! We will be happy to provide a market value consultation at no charge. Six Lakes Realty is a locally-owned family business with over 45 years of experience. Contact us today for friendly, hometown service!

John Flor
Managing Broker
Six Lakes Realty
Office: (715) 924-4806

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