How to Pick a Building Contractor
Planning a home construction? It can be quite complicated, but long as you begin the right way, everything else will follow. Of course, when you talk about home construction, the only good way to begin is to hire a good contractor. Question is, how do you tell who’s good for you?
License and Insurance
First and foremost, a good contractor will have a license and insurance. A license indicates that a contractor is knowledgeable and credible, and that he is fully qualified and experienced in the industry A good contractor is also insured, which means you will be protected from financial liability in the event that accidents occur on the job or there are construction defects.
Specific Relevant Experience
There are several experienced contractors these days, but you should choose someone who is experienced with the specific project you want. For example, if you’re very meticulous with bathrooms, choose someone who is known for building excellent ones.
Certainly, you should also find someone who is open to your ideas and will gladly explain anything you may have trouble understanding. At the same time, they should give expert suggestions on such areas as affordability and functionality.
The contractor should be flexible enough to adjust to your reasonable preferences too. If, say, you only want the workers in your property from 8am to 4pm, there should be no issues with that. The idea is that you and the contractor are on the same page, or conflict can arise anytime.
Before you hire a contractor, ask for a few names of their previous clients so you can talk to them and, with permission, take a look at the contractor’s work. This is probably the best way of gauging the type of job that this professional is capable of. If a contractor even slightly hesitates to provide references, that means he doesn’t trust his work and you shouldn’t too.
Detailed Written Contract
In this contract must be a breakdown of all material and labor costs, including project specifications and dates. Having a contract is necessary for your own security. For example, if a contractor promises to do something on the contract and he fails to fulfill it, then you can legally force him to do it.
Finally, find a contractor you can easily get along with. Building a home takes months, which means that’s how long you’ll be putting up with a contractor you don’t like. If you both hardly get along with each other, that can cause issues with the project itself. Imagine disagreeing with your contractor on something and ending up yelling at each other. That can delay the work and increase your labor costs. For your own project’s sake, choose someone you’ll be glad to befriend.