How to Pick a Building Contractor
Planning a home construction? It can be quite complicated, but long as you begin the right way, everything else will follow. Of course, when you talk about home construction, the only good way to begin is to hire a good 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 shows that a contractor is credible and knowledgeable, as well as fully qualified and substantially experienced in the business. 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.
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 expert suggestions on such areas as affordability and functionality.
The contractor should also be willing to work around your reasonable preferences. For instance, if you only want the workers in your property from 9am to 5pm, they should have no problem 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 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. 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. 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. Imagine disagreeing with your contractor on something and ending up yelling at each other. That can cause delays and even raise your labor costs. For your own project’s sake, choose someone you’ll be glad to befriend.