The search for a reliable building contractor can be an anxious experience. You can learn a very difficult lesson by choosing the wrong firm, or by not creating clear language in a contract negotiation. It’s important to be detail oriented in every phase of the development project. Here are some tips on how to find a contractor in your area.
- Personal referrals are a common way to begin your search. Ask professionals in the industry such as insurance or real estate agents. Your local hardware or lumber store will definitely be able to point you in the right direction.
- Many reliable companies are part of regional and national trade associations which are accessible online.
- Remember if you do find a local company online, look up some reviews and see what the community is saying about them.
- Hire local. You don’t want to risk hiring someone from out of state that has the ability to disappear after a job is “done”. You want a company to stand by their work and be accessible should there be any follow-up issues.
Network, Ask Around, Talk
Ideally property owners should network with each other to find reliable contractors, so if you know any neighbors or people who have recently had some construction done, don’t hesitate to ask for their guidance. The local chamber of commerce can tell you how to find a contractors license number. The chamber office can tell you if they are in good standing and will appear at any local business events or trade shows. You might be able to attend one of these shows where you can listen to their presentation about the business and why customers have been satisfied with their work over the years. It is essential to find a licensed contractor. Contact an insurance agent who works with homeowner’s insurance. They can provide you a direct referral towards a contractor who has an insurance policy.
Creating A Contract
During the hiring phase have the contractor visit your project site and come up with a quote. If you decide you want to hire them make sure everything is agreed upon in writing. Your contract must be specific towards rate of pay, cost of materials, and expected time on the job.
Feel free to add as much information to the contract as you like. A good contractor will want to make sure they are covered too in the event of a problem so they shouldn’t have an issue getting specific in a contract. It is better to be safe and to cover yourself because things don’t always go according to plan and if a job is not done according to the contract you signed then you have the written document to take someone to court as a last resort.
You can log on to an industry website for the Associated Builders and Contractors, but the best website to find detailed information on how to find a licensed contractor is www.real-estate-yogi.com. Call them for a free consultation with any of your questions regarding building contractors local to your area of the country. Their phone number is 1-800-987-1397.