Are you having a hard time searching for a good building contractor? Do you need to find one fast? Here are some solutions in finding a good building contractor.
Look up a building contractor in your local chamber of commerce. Call them. See if they have a website and compare their testimonials with their competitors.
Hold them accountable by writing up a schedule and having them sign it. Ask what they they see as the most important part of the project and make sure it lines up with what you want. Make sure they are friendly.
Once a job, such as roofing is complete, hire a professional builder inspector. This is best done before final payment. This is not an insult to the building contractor who should be proud and stand behind work completed.
Determine your building contractors’ specialty. Each building contractor typically has a host of skills, but they specialize in a particular type of work. You probably will want to hire a building contractor only for what they are good at to avoid sub standard work.
Offer present with payment as a gift. The gift will be well remembered!
There are steps to hiring a building contractor. One should first call several building contractors and ask for a general estimate. From there choose three to five to come out and offer a bid. Once a bid is accepted and signed, it is a contract.
Ask what they see as the most important part of meeting your expectations. If they say something about meeting deadlines and excellent customer service hire them. Cross check their references.
Plan your whole project and the specific components that building contractors will be undertaking. There is a lot of wisdom in the words “if you fail to plan you plan to fail”.
Get a detailed time estimate in writing from your building contractor. If you get it in writing it will be harder for the building contractor to vary from it. A building contractor that will not provide the time estimate in writing is not worth hiring.
Be fair and ethical. These two traits will ensure you work well with everyone and that you keep the project running smoothly.
Do a Google search of your building contractor before hiring the building contractor. You may discover that he has a history of legal problems or unfinished, poorly constructed projects. This is a good way to indicate the quality of work he does.
Author: Jane AdamsThis author has published 25 articles so far.