Choosing a Building Contractor
Planning on a new 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 shows that a contractor is credible and knowledgeable, as well as fully qualified and substantially experienced in the business. 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 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 make expert recommendations in terms of functionality and affordability.
The contractor should be flexible enough to adjust to your reasonable preferences too. 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 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 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 contract should include all material and labor costs, and project 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. 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 both hardly get along with each other, that can cause issues with the project itself. 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.