Avoid a Nightmare; Hire a Qualified Building Contractor

This article is chocked full of helpful information to aid in the selection of a qualified building contractor for any project. Gain insight on ways to get a quality job for less money.

Homeowners decided on their building project, whether new construction or remodeling. Perhaps they have chosen a new building to house their business, and they will need either a general building contractor or a metal building contractor.

Carefully choosing the right home building contractor is important to the success of a project while an unqualified contractor can turn your plans into a nightmare. Here are some tips for selecting the right contractor for the job:

For the State of Ohio, there are no licensing requirements for general contractors but the choice in contractors should be able to produce an up-to-date liability insurance certificate and be registered and (in some cases) bonded for each municipality they contract to do work in. Ask to see certificates; check with local building departments for past issues with their candidates.

Ask for references of recently completed projects; check each out.

Make sure the contractor will acquire necessary permits and arrange for any required inspections and certificates.

Give identical copies of detailed project plans to each potential candidate to get a quote for the project. Homeowners should get at least three different quotes before making their selection. Be sure the quote includes materials and fixtures that meet project specifications.

The Contract

After they have selected a building contractor, make sure that all detailed information is included in the contract, such as complete names, addresses, phone numbers of both parties and physical address of the project. Be sure that project start and finish dates are included, and that a payment plan is described in detail.

How to Save on the Total Bill

If a project does not have to be completed on a priority basis, homeowners may want to consider offering it to a contractor as a “fill in” job. Most contractors will take such projects at a reduced price, insuring they have other work in the event of adverse weather or materials delivery mix-ups at another project.

Many contractors will accept a project as a “reference” contract. This is a win-win situation for the property owner; work is completed at a reduced price. Since the contractor will use the completed job to showcase their expertise to potential clients, only the contractors best work goes into their project.

Finding the Right Contractor

There are at least three sources for finding a qualified building contractor in the area: word-of-mouth references from people that have recently had a similar project done, the local Better Business Bureau (the best quality contractors are typically accredited by the BBB, NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) will provide a listing of prescreened contractors in the area and Internet web sites that make referrals.

These simple steps can avoid a potential nightmare and insure a project is a pleasant experience for all parties involved.