Before Hiring a Contractor

  • Contact City staff or visit Cibolo City website to know the required paperwork, permits, and inspections.  Lots of information pages and FAQs available;
  • You can schedule an optional pre-design meeting with City staff.  Depending on the project, they will go over step by step what is needed in the construction process.  The contractor/designer is welcome to attend this meeting;
  • Interview several contractors and compare several quotes before making a decision on who to hire;
  • Investigate contractors - ask for references / prior projects. Contact Dun & Bradstreet / Better Business Bureau;
  • Ask factual questions to the City of Cibolo on their work within the City.  Examples:  How many similar jobs has the contractor done in the City limits?  Has the contractor ever not finished a job in Cibolo?  Did the contractor submit all required paperwork to Cibolo staff (i.e. registration, permits);
  • Get a written contract outlining work to be completed in detail along with the costs and payment plan;
  • Make sure contract clearly states the responsibility of both the owner and contractor; 
  • Do not pay in full upfront.  Pay only for completed (approved) work.  Make sure payment schedule is documented in the contract;
  • Upon completion of work, make final agreed upon payment.