A Quick Guide to Choosing the Right Home Contractor

Sometimes it really makes sense to hire a professional and skilled home builder contractor than do the job yourself or hire an amateur. Choosing the wrong contractors can often lead to subpar work, legal problems, and even delays. In this article, we have come up with a simple guide that will help you select the right contractor for your home building project in order to make sure that you can be able to develop with them a good working relationship during the entire duration of your home building process. 

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  1. Know What You Want

Sin you are the client, you’re the one driving the entire process of your home building or improvement project. Therefore, before you speak with potential contractors, you should spend time planning your project first that involves goal setting such as the amenities you look, what it may possibly look like, and many more. If you do not know how to express your goals into specific products or features, you can hire a design build firm or a design consultant, which can professional do design related works. 

  1. Get Bids from Different Contractors

While 3 bids are considered a minimum number, about half a dozen will actually give you a much clearer point of how these big businesses compete. It will not only give you a wider perspective on appropriate costs, but it will also give you some ideas on the caliber of each work that contractors will provide. One example is that one company might offer a marginal work and bargain rate; the high bid of another company could indicate quality work. 

  1. Do Background Checks

Even though a relative or friend has recommended a home builder contractor that they have used before, you should still consider establishing some minimum credentials. Try to get the company’s full business name and address and try to make sure that the company has adequate insurance coverage and current state license. Typically, this can mean at least enough money in worker’s compensation coverage and liability. You can also get the policy and license numbers, then try to verify if they are current. After that, find out if any legal actions or formal complaints against the certain company are pending or have occurred in their past projects. 

  1. Investigate the Work Habits and Work History of a Contractor

Some contractors are generalists and some are specialists. Therefore, in order to make sure that their capabilities and skills are appropriate for your home construction project, take time to observe their work firsthand and try to look for these 3 important things: quality workmanship and materials, some similarity to your home project, and consistent customer satisfaction. In addition to that, you can also track small indicators like the one that signals how professional they are or a lack thereof. For example, make sure that your phone calls are returned on time or your meeting and appointment times are kept. It also pays to know if they have appropriate dress code and company vehicles and if it reflects their cleanliness, pride and reputation. Carelessness in these little matters doesn’t fit well for a quality workmanship. 

  1. Set Boundaries for the Project Site

Let your contractors know that you expect routine precautions from them, such as background checks for individuals who will need to access to your residential property. In addition, you should establish some ground rules regarding with smoking, bathroom use, parking, as well as other problems that might concern you and your family members. 

  1. Know What You Will Be Paying For

You certainly love a free estimate, however, if the cost of the project will exceed a thousand of dollars or more, some contractors will most likely prepare and charge for their scope of work proposal. Basically, this scope of work proposal will break down the budget of the job into line item costs for materials, fees, labor and so on, or maybe offer specifics about the jobs your contractor will perform such as clean up, installation and demolition, as well as what certain products will be used. In addition to that, proposal charge is usually paid upfront as well as applied in the project cost if ever the bid is accepted. Usually, contractors will give you a fixed bid. However, some works are on a cost plus basis, which is charging you for labor/time, materials, as well as an overhead or administrative fee. Sometimes, this is a legitimate alternative, but it must have some provision or cap to include cost overruns. In that way, you know where exactly your money goes and your trust and relationship as client and contractor will not be affected should you have to push the project with a certain contractor.

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