Choosing a Building Contractor
Planning on a new home construction? It can be quite complicated, but long as you begin the right way, everything else will follow. Of course, when you talk of great beginnings in terms of home construction, you talk of a great contractor. The question is how to know one.
License and Insurance
First and foremost, a good contractor will have a license and insurance. 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 you professional recommendations with regard to affordability and functionality.
The contractor should be willing to accommodate your reasonable special requests as well. 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. The point is to have you and the contractor on the same page in order to avoid future 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. The is the best way to know what kind of job you can expect from this professional. 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 contract should include all material and labor costs, and project 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.
Lastly, you need a contractor you can actually 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 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 cause delays and even raise your labor costs. For the sake of your own project, pick someone you’d be happy to have as a friend.