Choosing 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 indicates that a contractor is knowledgeable and credible, and that he is fully qualified and experienced in the industry 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. If you’re someone who’s very meticulous or particular about bathrooms, hire someone who is known for building great 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 you professional recommendations with regard to 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 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 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
This document should cover all material and labor costs, including project start and end dates, and specifications. 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 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.