How to Choose 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 of all, a good contractor is someone who is licensed and insured. 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. If you’re someone who’s very meticulous or particular about bathrooms, hire someone who is known for building great ones.
Of course, you’ll also want someone who will listen to your ideas and provide explanations when necessary. At the same time, they should make expert recommendations in terms of functionality and affordability.
The contractor should be willing to accommodate your reasonable special requests as well. 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 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 instance, if there’s something the contractor promised to do on your contract and he failed to do it, you can question him legally.
Lastly, you need a contractor you can actually get along with. Home construction projects take months to finish, and that’s also how long you’ll need to put up with a contractor you dislike. If the two of you don’t get along, that could even pose problems for the project. Picture yourself in disagreement with your contractor and having a heated exchange of words. That can cause delays and even raise your labor costs. For your own project’s sake, choose someone you’ll be glad to befriend.