How to Choose 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, 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 off, a good contractor 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. 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 make expert recommendations in terms of functionality and affordability.
The contractor should also be willing to work around your reasonable preferences. 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 idea is that you and the contractor are on the same page, or conflict can arise anytime.
Before you choose a particular contractor, ask them for client references and talk to these people or even personally check out the contractor’s work (of course, with permission). 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. It’s a must to have a contract 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. Picture yourself in disagreement with your contractor and having a heated exchange of words. That can delay the work and increase your labor costs. For the sake of your own project, pick someone you’d be happy to have as a friend.