Your home is probably your most valuable asset, and you’d not want poor quality construction details. Choosing a contractor based on the price only increases the chances of project failure and may result in significant costs in the long run. That’s why you should do your due diligence before engaging a contractor. Fortunately, there are many experienced construction contractors available.
All you need is to seek referrals and interview the potential hires for you to find the right one. Ensure that you sign a detailed contract before the work begins, and regularly inspect the work done. Here are the factors to consider when choosing who to hire for your construction project:
Qualities to Look For
Choosing the right contractor means someone reliable, available, and experienced to perform your project successfully. Here are some of the qualities to look out for in a competent contractor:
- Specialize in your project type
- Has good references
- Have work samples to demonstrate to you
- Sufficient experience and exposure in the industry
- Rich portfolios of previously done jobs
- Timely delivery of projects
- Fully licensed and insured
Necessary Steps to Take
1. Come Up With a Detailed Plan
A professional architect can help you in creating the layout and structure of your project. The plan will help your contractor to understand your expectations. It will also help him provide you with accurate pricing of the project.
2. Provide a List of Specifications
You also need to come up with a list of your preferred fixtures, finishes, appliances and accessories. Providing your contractor with these specifications in advance saves them time during the construction and helps them provide accurate estimates of the entire project.
3. Request for Estimates
Next is to send the set of drawings and specifications to the potential contractors for pricing. Contractors bidding on the job should then provide you with accurate pricing, which they’ll have to stick to throughout the project.
4. Schedule a Phone Interview
Make a call to all potential candidates on your list. Seek to know more about the company and their qualifications. Get to know how they plan on doing the project and who will keep you updated on the development.
5. Meet With the Contractor
After you’ve narrowed down your list to two contractors schedule to meet them in person. At the meeting, you can discuss the most suitable payment schedule for both of you.
6. Offer a Detailed Contract
After you have found your preferred contractor for your project, you then need to provide them with a comprehensive contract that includes every detail and steps of the project.
Do you find it hard trying to settle for a particular contractor? Contact R.H. Blanchard today to take care of your construction needs.