How to Choose 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, 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 off, a good contractor is licensed and insured. A license indicates that a contractor is knowledgeable and credible, and that he is fully qualified and experienced in the industry 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 lots of experienced contractors today, but you need someone with experience that is specifically relevant to the type of project you have in mind. If you’re someone who’s very meticulous or particular about bathrooms, hire someone who is known for building great ones.
Definitely, you’ll also want someone who will hear your ideas and offer explanations when needed. 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 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 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 you meet a contractor who refuses to provide references, it can only mean one thing: he’s not proud of his work.
Detailed Written Contract
This document should cover all material and labor costs, including project start and end dates, and specifications. It’s a must to have a contract 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. 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 yelling at each other. That can cause delays and even raise your labor costs. For your own project’s sake, choose someone who can be your friend.