How to Choose a Building Contractor
Planning a home construction? It does get very complex, but when you begin in the right direction, you will encounter less issues later on. Of course, what better way to begin a home construction project than to hire a good contractor. Question is, how do you tell who’s good for you?
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. For example, if you’re very meticulous with bathrooms, choose someone who is known 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 be willing to accommodate your reasonable special requests as well. For instance, if you only want the workers in your property from 9am to 5pm, they should have no problem 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 a contractor even slightly hesitates to provide references, that means he doesn’t trust his work and you shouldn’t too.
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. 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, find a contractor you can easily 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 you two can’t get along, that can even cause concerns for the project. Picture yourself in disagreement with your contractor and having a heated exchange of words. That can delay the progress of the project and even increase your labor costs. For your own project’s sake, choose someone you’ll be glad to befriend.