How to Pick 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. The question is how to know one.
License and Insurance
First off, a good contractor is licensed and insured. 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 adequately insured, protecting you from financial liability in case there are defects in the construction or if somebody gets hurt on the job.
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.
Of course, you’ll also want someone who will listen to your ideas and provide explanations when necessary. At the same time, they should give you professional recommendations with regard to affordability and functionality.
The contractor should be flexible enough to adjust to your reasonable preferences too. If, say, you only want the workers in your property from 8am to 4pm, there should be no issues 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). The is the best way to know what kind of job you can expect from this professional. 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
In this contract must be a breakdown of all material and labor costs, including project specifications and dates. Having a contract is necessary 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.
Finally, find a contractor you can easily get along with. Remember, home construction will take months, which means if you choose someone you don’t even like, you’ll have to put up with him for that long. If you both hardly get along with each other, that can cause issues with the project itself. 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 the sake of your own project, pick someone you’d be happy to have as a friend.