How to Pick a Building Contractor
Planning a home construction? It can get very complicated, but as long as you begin right, there will be less issues along the way. Of course, when you talk of great beginnings in terms of home construction, you talk of a great contractor. Question is, how do you tell who’s good for you?
License and Insurance
First off, a good contractor is licensed and insured. A license shows that a contractor is credible and knowledgeable, as well as fully qualified and substantially experienced in the business. A good contractor also has insurance to protect you against financial liabilities in case there are accidents on the job or if there are defects in the construction.
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 instance, if you’re the type of person who is meticulous about bathrooms, get someone who has a reputation for building excellent ones.
Definitely, you’ll also want someone who will hear your ideas and offer explanations when needed. At the same time, they should give you professional recommendations with regard to affordability and functionality.
The contractor should be flexible enough to adjust to your reasonable preferences too. For example, if you them to keep within a specific daily time schedule – say, 8am to 4pm – they should not have an issue with that. The point is to have you and the contractor on the same page in order to avoid future conflict.
Before you choose a particular contractor, ask them for client references and talk to these people or even personally check out the contractor’s work (of course, with permission). The is the best way to know what kind of job you can expect from this professional. If you meet a contractor who refuses to provide references, it can only mean one thing: he’s not proud of his work.
Detailed Written Contract
This contract should include all material and labor costs, and project dates and specifications. It’s a must to have a contract 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, hire a contractor you can be friends 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 cause delays and even raise your labor costs. For your own project’s sake, choose someone who can be your friend.