A custom home build or home renovation project is no small investment of time, resources and emotions. Choosing a contractor who is professional, communicative and reputable is essential to the overall success of your project.
How to choose the contractor is the top priority you have at the beginning of your project.
You probably find yourself thinking… How will you go about finding this person? What is the best way to know their work is credible? Do they have a reputation for dragging out deadlines or will they deliver high quality work and communicate openly and honestly with you? Will you hire a contractor who understands your vision and dreams for your space?
Finding a Contractor to Interview
The best suggestions often come from family members, friends, neighbors or coworkers who have previously done work with a contractor. Word of mouth is one of the top ways contractors get new business, and if someone you know and trust has had a positive experience with a contractor, chances are you will too.
Do Your Research
When you go to hire a contractor, it is important to do your homework (even if they have come recommended by someone you know). Vet them through the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Visit sites that are both in progress and completed – and even ask to visit older sites and projects, not just recently finished ones. Ask the contractor if you can speak with current or previous clients. Beautiful pictures of completed work are wonderful, Beware of a contractor who is unwilling to show you his prior work or put you in touch with prior customers – this is a major red flag.
Questions to Ask A Contractor
- Are you properly and fully licensed and insured?
- Do you have a permanent address?
- How many projects are you currently working on?
- How will you communicate with me and how can I reach you if I need to?
- Can we meet with some of the subcontractors for the project?
- Do you have a sample contract I can look at?
- What would you do if a change needs to be made during my project?
- How will my property be protected during construction?
The National Association of Home Builders has created an excellent checklist for how to hire the contractor to do work on or build your new home. Make sure that nothing gets missed and no questions go unanswered before you sign any dotted lines or make any forms of payment.
Choose HOW Building Services as Your Contractor
At HOW Building Services, our focus is on YOU. Look no further for how to choose the contractor for your project. We give you what you want, when you want it, HOW you want it. It is our goal to provide professional, high quality, and exceptional value end projects that not only meet, but exceed your expectations, all while building a lasting relationship with you.
For more information on HOW we can help you with your contractor needs for your home renovation project or custom home build, do not hesitate to contact us right away by calling 484-259-7412. We look forward to hearing from you!
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