How to Choose a Building Contractor
Planning to construct a new house? 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. The question is how to tell one.
License and Insurance
First and foremost, a good contractor will have a license and insurance. 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.
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 also be willing to work around your reasonable preferences. If, say, you only want the workers in your property from 8am to 4pm, there should be no issues with that. The point is to have you and the contractor on the same page in order to avoid future conflict.
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. The is the best way to know what kind of job you can expect from this professional. 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. If, for example, your contractor promised on the contract that he would do something and he doesn’t do it, you can take him to court and 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 two can’t get along, that can even cause concerns for the project. Imagine disagreeing with your contractor on something and ending up in a heated confrontation. That can delay the progress of the project and even increase your labor costs. For the sake of your own project, pick someone you’d be happy to have as a friend.