Avoid Nightmares – Hire a Qualified Building Contractor

You’ve decided on your building project, whether new construction or remodeling. The cheapest bid is not always the best solution. Do not sacrifice hassles and quality for smooth transitions of longevity of the materials.
Carefully choosing the right home building contractor is essential to the success of your project, while an unqualified contractor can turn your plans into a nightmare. Here are some tips for selecting the right contractor for the job:A candidate should have a valid building contractor license, certifications, and up-to-date liability insurance. Ask to see certificates; check with your local licensing authority for past problems or violations of any potential candidate.Ask for references of recently completed projects; check each out.Ensure the contractor will acquire the necessary permits and arrange any required inspections and certificates.Give identical copies of detailed project plans to each potential candidate to get a quote for the project. You should get at least three different quotes before making your selection. Be sure the quote includes materials and fixtures that meet project specifications. Avoid contacts that allow of like kind substitutions.

The Contract

After selecting a building contractor, ensure that all detailed information is included in the contract, such as complete names, addresses, and phone numbers of both parties, as well as the physical address of the project. Ensure that project start and finish dates are included and a detailed payment plan is described. It is usual for a contractor to ask for 10-33% in advance, with additional funds paid as work progresses.

How to Save on the Total Bill

If your project does not have to be completed on a priority basis, consider offering it to a contractor as a fill-in job. Most contractors will take such projects at a reduced price, ensuring they have other work in the event of adverse weather or materials delivery mix-ups at another project.

Many contractors will accept a project as a reference contract. This is a win-win situation for the property owner; work is completed at a reduced price, and since the contractor will use the completed job to showcase his expertise to potential clients, only his best work goes into your project.

Finding the Right Contractor

There are at least three sources for finding a qualified building contractor in your area: word-of-mouth references from people who have recently had a similar project done, local licensing authorities who provide a list of contractors with appropriate building contractor licenses, and Internet websites that make referrals.

Following these steps can avoid a nightmare and ensure your project is a pleasant experience for all parties involved.

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