The process of hiring a building contractor is very critical. It does not matter whether you are building a new house or you are renovating your current residence. You should not put your enormous amount by trusting a stranger. If you are confused or you do not know where to start when hiring a building contractor, you should be guided by the following questions to get a contractor who is fit for your project.
For how long has the contractor been practicing?
Though there is always a place to start from, it is imperative to find an experienced building contractor. Such contractor has the relevant skills needed to handle any problems that might come up. Try to make an effort of seeing the portfolio of any similar work that the contractor could have done before.
What insurance and licenses does the contractor have?
Alongside experience, any professional licensing, as well as liability insurance, could give you a peace of mind when you are hiring a new building contractor especially for the first time. Ensure that all the required permits are active and updated.
Which is your reference list?
Other than licenses and researching experience, you should check the references that will help you in finding out how the previous projects were handled and finished. Were they done on budget and on time? Also, try to contact some of the contractor’s past clients to find out how their experience with the contractor was. Was there any red flag during the construction project? Their overall experience will give you a clear picture of what you expect from your project.
Does the contractor pull the required permit?
Before the projects kick off, you should ensure that you are aware of who will be responsible for what. So if the contractor do not intend to pull the job’s permits and he/she expects the client to do so, then ensure that you are aware of what the process entails.
What guarantees does the contractor offer?
Make a point of finding whether or not the contractor will guarantee for his or her work. If yes, find out how long the guarantee will last after the project is completed. Furthermore, you also need to get realistic expectations by determining clearly what the contractor will be responsible for. This helps in creating a good picture of how your project will be carried out.
How often do you expect to be communicating?
If you are the kind of person, who requires or prefers daily updates you might feel disrespected if the contractors do not honor or adhere to that. You, therefore, need to make sure that your communication’s expectations are clear. Always try to look for a middle ground when stark differences arise.