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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, what better way to begin a home construction project than to hire a good contractor. The question is how to know one.

License and Insurance

First and foremost, a good contractor will have a license and insurance. A license is proof of a contractor’s knowledge and credibility, and that he has the right industry experience and qualifications. A good contractor is also adequately insured, protecting you from financial liability in case there are defects in the construction or if somebody gets hurt on the job.

Specific Relevant Experience

There are several experienced contractors these days, but you should choose someone who is experienced with the specific project you want. 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 make expert recommendations in terms of functionality and affordability.

The contractor should be willing to accommodate your reasonable special requests as well. For instance, if you only want the workers in your property from 9am to 5pm, they should have no problem with that. You always want to be on the same page with your contractor if only to prevent conflict.

Client References

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 you approach a contractor and he refuses to give references, that can only mean that he’s not confident about his work.

Detailed Written Contract

In this contract must be a breakdown of all material and labor costs, including project specifications and dates. 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.

Personal Chemistry

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 you both hardly get along with each other, that can cause issues with the project itself. 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 you’ll be glad to befriend.

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