Homeowner’s Guide To Home Building: 6 Tips For Hiring Contractors

Building your dream house is a very exciting project. But despite the excitement of selecting cabinets, tiles, and plumbing fixtures for your house construction project, the most important decision you will have to make won’t involve choosing the best paint color. It is choosing the right contractor for the job that makes or breaks the project. Remember that your decision will determine how long the project will take, the quality of the structure, and the amount of financial stress this project will put on you. Here are some of the things you should consider when evaluating and choosing contractors.

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Check The Contractor’s Licenses: Is their license the right one for the job? You need to understand that various states offer different types of construction-related licenses, depending on the technical expertise claimed by the contractor. With that said, you should not only make sure to hire a licensed contractor but also check whether they have the proper license for the house construction project.

Look Into The Contractor’s Background: You should look into the court records to make sure that the contractor you are considering for the job is not being sued or have any other legal disputes. For instance, a contractor may be sued for non-payment. Cash-flow problems can force contractors to use the check you gave them today to pay for last week’s work. This will then prompt unpaid subcontractors to sue, causing problems for your construction project.

Choose A Contractor Whom You Can Easily Talk To: It is only natural to ask a few questions when interviewing and evaluating contractors; however, you must also observe the way they answer your inquiries. Here are some of the things you should ask your contractor. Can you itemize your bid? Most contractors only give you the bottom-line price for the whole project, but this won’t provide you with a good idea of what they are charging for each phase of the job. An itemized bid will show the costs of the different aspects of the project- demolition, framing, electrical, plumbing, fixtures, and so on. Is the bid an estimate or a fixed price? Don’t assume that the bid given to you by the contractor is a fixed price. There are some contractors who only offer estimates. This means that your construction expenses can still go beyond the estimated price. Who is your main supplier? It is also a good idea to talk to the contractor’s primary suppliers. The suppliers are familiar with the contractor’s reputation- whether he can keep his clients happy, if he’s someone you will want to work on the project, and so on.

During the interview, the contractors must provide clear, honest, and thoughtful responses combined with excellent references, high quality craftsmanship, and a smart take on your construction project.

Review Your House Plan: You need to understand that some contractors might charge extra for upgrades- even if the upgrade was required by the municipal inspectors. With that said, it is best to review your house plan in advance with the inspector from the municipal building office. You can change the plans and adjust your budget accordingly to comply with the housing code from the start.

Get The List Of Subcontractors: During a construction project, a lot of people will be in and out of your house. You need to find out who will take on the work by requesting a list of subcontractors. You also need to find out who will be supervising the apprentices to make sure that they are doing a proper job.

Stay On Top Of The Project Schedule: To make sure that the project is on track, you should get the details of the project schedule. It is best if the contractor breaks down the schedule by phase- demolition, initial construction, plumbing and electrical, and finishing construction.

Lastly, ask your contractor how they prioritized the job. Lastly, you must also check with your insurance provider and determine what construction liabilities are covered by your homeowners’ insurance. This will protect you from financial strain and legal problems in case unfortunate incidents occur during the house construction project.


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