Employing contractors to construct your house is not a small job. The contractor will need to oversee the entire project, micromanaging subcontractors and the tasks they are assigned with. Before hiring a general contractor, consider the following suggestions to make your project a success.
ARE GENERAL CONTRACTORS OR SUBCONTRACTORS NECESSARY FOR YOUR JOB?
To begin with, determine how this process will be handled. Will you be playing the role of a general contractor? Is the whole project going to be overseen by you, or will someone you hire to do this on your behalf? If a contractor is hired, then explicit plans will be required for the property. Every general contractor should provide you with a bid as per the criteria of your project. If something is left out, you will not know who to charge for extra work, if necessary. General contractors could potentially make assumptions that aren’t in line with yours, resulting in an unsatisfactory experience.
If you are going to be the project’s general contractor, then you will need to obtain bids from subcontractors, and this is not a simple process. Ensure you get things in writing so that subcontractors can provide you quotes that are accurate. If each subcontractor’s work needs to be scheduled apart from one another, be sure to arrange this – particularly if one job must be finished before another one can begin.
OBTAIN MULTIPLE BIDS
Refrain from accepting whatever bid you get first. No matter what kind of bargain you get, hold out. You should have a minimum of three bids. That way, you’ll have the ability to contrast each one against the other. Evaluate what is provided by each contractor, and find out what they won’t do. Is what is promised specified in detail, or vague and open to interpretation? No guesswork should be involved when your home is being built.
CONDUCT YOUR RESEARCH
Do some research on potential candidates. Thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever to get more details about general contractors. Check out reviews on the Better Business Bureau and perform a query for the license of the contractor. If any complaints are associated with the license, read through them.
Refrain from hiring contractors who don’t offer insurance. At a minimum, they must have an insurance policy for general liabilities, as well as workmen’s compensation insurance. If they lack such coverages, you may end up financially responsible for any disasters during the construction process.
Every contractor should provide a warranty or their work. Don’t make the mistake of assuming they have one, though. Ask them specific questions, like what is covered and for what length of time. This will be a key factor in determining who you’ll end up going with. For instance, you might be open to paying a little extra to have work done if you know that a certain contractor offers a warranty for it.
Last but not least, don’t rush your decision. Allow each contractor to offer their bids, get them in writing. Take some time to go over each one’s pros and cons. The integration of the questions you ask, the quote comparisons you make, and the research you conduct should be beneficial in helping you select the right contractor for your project.