When you are ready to build a new home, remodel your current one or build an addition you should take care to hire a good building contractor. There are a number of things to consider when deciding on the correct contractor and steps you can take to ensure your project ends up being the dream one you envisioned.
Look for a contractor with a proven job history, one that dates back several years. They should be able to provide you with a list of completed projects from present to several years in the past. Obtain several references that can be contacted as that can be beneficial to verify the contractors work. Find out if the contractor is a member of a professional association which has standards or a code of ethics such as the National Association of Home Builders or the Beter Business Bureau (BBB).
Written Bids & Contracts
Obtain at least three written bids for your project. When the contractor is chosen, write a detailed contract that will specify what will be done to complete the job. Include dates, associated costs such as materials, change orders, insurance information and payment schedules. You may consider paying only after inspections take place and all corrections have been performed. Obtain lien waivers as you pay each installment. Make sure your contractor is paying the suppliers and subcontractors.
Visit Your Site
Make sure all county inspections are done. Don't wait until the job is completed to visit your site, as it is difficult to move a window or an outlet to a specified location after the job has been dry walled and painted.