What is the consumer’s responsibility to a contractor? The question is normally the other way around! That being said, like any relationship you enter into, there are mutual obligations.
One, do your homework prior to hiring any contractor. Make sure they have the appropriate experience, references, time in business, insurances, licenses, and inspect their work in more than one scenario. Number two, make sure that EVERYTHING is in writing on the details of the work to be performed. If it is not, “implied” or what you were thinking may not happen! Thirdly, be available for questions. There are often gray areas when it comes to aesthetics on what you may want and how it will be finished. Make sure the contractor has easy ways to communicate with you.
One of the primary obligations a consumer has to a contractor is paying your bill on time. There is consistent pressure exerted on the contractor to be timely and on schedule. The homeowner has the same obligation to uphold their end of the contract.