Is Your General Contractor Right for You?
Everyone has different needs, projects and requirements that they want met when having a construction project completed. That’s why it’s important to ask, “is this contractor right for me?” before hiring anyone at all. This is an important question for everyone, and the answer isn’t going to be the same for everyone. Below are some simple tips to help you decide on the right contractor for you.
Here is a quick outline of all the steps you need to take to find the right general contractor for you.
- Define your project specifically – know exactly what you want done.
- Get reviews online and offline for which contractors to work with
- Talk with the contractor and ask specific questions
- Get a detailed bid including the work to be done and the price
Know Your Needs
Do your best to define your project very precisely. If you’re having a deck built, know what materials you want it made from, how large it’s going to be and what type of surface it’s going to be built on top of. This information lets you choose a contractor that specializes in your area if possible. The right contractor for a wooden deck might not be the right provider for a vinyl deck.
Reviews and Recommendations
Ask friends and family members for reviews and recommendations for contractors that they’ve worked with in the past. Also look to the internet to find out about high quality local contractors and who you want to avoid as well.
Interview the Contractor
Before you even bother asking the contractor for a bid for your project you should take the time to interview them thoroughly. A short interview should let you know whether you want to work with them more. Below is a set of interview questions that you can use.
- Have you been in business for long?
- Do you have insurance and workers compensation?
- Is your company bonded?
- Do you have experience with my project type?
- What overall experience do you have?
- How will the building process go?
- When can you start?
Ask all the above questions to find out what sort of contractor you’re dealing with and you can move on to deciding if they are a good fit or not.
Ask for a Detailed Bid
After talking with a few contractors it’s finally time to get some bids. Ask for a detailed bid for your project including the work to be performed and the cost of the overall project. You can use the details from the bid to help you choose your final contractor, the one that you are going to hire.
It’s time-consuming choosing a contractor that matches your project, but it’s worth the investment. You’ll end up with a higher quality project in the end, and it really doesn’t take that long to rule out contractors and choose a good one.