Choosing a Home Construction or Remodeling
Choosing the right Contractor is the most
important aspect of any home construction project. You must
take your time and do your research to find a good qualified
contractor if you want excellent quality at a fair price. When
we built our new home we spent many hours finding the best
contractors for each aspect of building our new home. We
developed a method that served us well and it is as
Determine exactly what you want done and
write it down. This may sound a little basic at first blush,
but it is so important. Remember what is not well defined is
easily manipulated. If it is not in writing, it can be
disputed. You do two things when you define your project in
detail, and in writing. You find any missing aspects that you
may have overlooked and you have good definition and
expectations for your contractor.
Get three (3) bids for each trade that you
will hire. Never rely on one bid, and always meet the
contractor face to face at the site where the work is to be
done. If you are uncomfortable with the contractor when they
are bidding the job how is it going to be when the two of you
have to work out the details of your project. Remember cheaper
is not always better!
Ask each contractor for references and make
sure they are bonded and insured. Check their references and
call the BBB (Better Business Bureau) in your area to see if
they have any outstanding complaints.
Make sure they don?t sub the work out to a
contractor that is not insured or bonded. It is very common for
a contract company to sub out work to contractors that are not
insured and bonded. Another danger of the contractor subbing
work out is if they don?t pay their sub, the sub can put a
mechanics lien on your house and you will have to pay even if
you have already paid the contractor.
Set a definite timeframe for the work to
begin and for completion and get it in writing. Nothing is
worse than to have a project drag on not knowing when they are
going to show up and finish.
Never, ever pay for the entire project in
advance. If you do the contractor has no incentive to finish or
even start. When you no longer have the money you are no longer
in control! It is customary with most contractors that you pay
a portion up front. On a large project hold back as much money
as you can until the end. The incentive to finish must be
motivated by the cash at the end of the
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