How to Pick a Building Contractor
Planning to construct a new house? It can be quite complicated, but long as you begin the right way, everything else will follow. 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 is proof of a contractor’s knowledge and credibility, and that he has the right industry experience and qualifications. 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 many experienced contractors out there, but what you want is someone who has experience that is specific to the type of home construction you have in mind. 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 also be willing to work around your reasonable preferences. 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. You always want to be on the same page with your contractor if only to prevent conflict.
Before hiring a contractor, ask for client references, talk to them, and pay their home a visit (with consent, of course). This is probably the best way of gauging the type of job that this professional is capable of. If you approach a contractor and he refuses to give references, that can only mean that he’s not confident about his work.
Detailed Written Contract
In this contract must be a breakdown of all material and labor costs, including project specifications and dates. 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 the two of you don’t get along, that could even pose problems 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 your own project’s sake, choose someone who can be your friend.