How to Pick the Best General Contractor.
The success of your project will mostly be determined by the contractor you settle for. As much as there are many contractors in the field, not all of them will meet your needs. How can you pick a reputable contractor from the rest? Here is a guide.
Does the contractor have the necessary academic qualifications? Ensure the contractor completed their studies and acquired the right grade.
It is important to also check if the contractor has been registered and licensed. A reputable contractor will not have a problem giving you a copy of their license so that you can verify its authentic. In addition, check if the contractor has been accredited by any reputable bodies in this field. A contractor who is member of some associations in this field, is somebody who has interest in this field.
Does the contractor have an insurance cover? Insist on getting a copy of the insurance cover the contractor is using, check the risks it covers and its validity.
When choosing a contractor, experience is another factor you should consider. It is important you choose a contractor that has been in this field for more than 5 years. A contractor that has been in this field for several years will provide you with better services compared to a new contractor. A simple search on the internet can help you in knowing how long the contractor has been in this industry.
Before you hire the contractor, it is important you do your homework and research more on the contractor. Check the testimonies that have been posted by past clients of the contractor on their website. Also, check if there are any complains that have been field against the contractor on reputable sites online. Go for a contractor that has the best reviews online.
Also, ask the contractor to give you a list of some of the clients they have dealt with in the past. A credible contractor will not have a problem giving you their reference list. Once you call the contractor’s past clients, ask them questions such as, if the contractor finished the job on time, if the job was well done and the pricing. A reputable contractor will have many satisfied clients.
Location is another factor you should consider when choosing a contractor. If you choose a contractor based in your area, the contractor will arrive on time and start the job compared to a contractor that is based in another area. Almost all contractors will indicate on their website where they are based.
Price is another factor you should consider when choosing a general contractor. Get in touch with at least 3 contractors, explain to them the services that you need, then ask for a quote.
When you find the right contractor, draft a contractor and it should be signed by both parties. In case the contractor does not fulfill on their end, with a contract you can sue them.