The problem with hiring a building contractor, also known as a general contractor, is that it’s the perfect opportunity to make numerous mistakes. Any average homeowner knows that there is a certain art to locating a decent building contractor, much like finding a professional for any other services (like a plumber, electrician, etc). 20 years ago people had to rely on word of mouth to hire a professional. Today, the internet makes it possible to do research before you take the leap of hiring somebody. There are certain qualities and abilities you should carefully watch for when you are looking for a general contractor. If you want your building constructed or renovated properly and efficiently, you’ll make the time to do some thorough research before you hire someone.
1. Qualifications, Certifications, Licenses
There should be no shortcuts to credibility with your building contractor. They need to know all the basics of building codes and zoning laws, as well as licenses applicable to the area where the construction will take place. Also make sure he and all of his employees are fully insured. There is something called a builder’s licensing board, which every township or city should have, that will tell you if any buildings or properties have filed complaints towards the contractor you are interested in. This sounds like a timely process, but the end result will be highly worth it. Hiring somebody without looking into their background or giving a second thought into required certifications could turn into a total disaster for your building project.
2. Ask Around
Asking your friends, family, and neighbors for the names of building contractors or contractor companies that they’ve hired in the past is a safe and reliable way to search for a contractor. If they had good experiences with the people they hired and are referring them to you, then it’s probably a safe bet that you can put your trust into the same professional. Be sure to ask them questions about who they hired, like how long the job took, how much it cost, how professional the company was, were they completely honest about everything that needed to be done, etc. This way you’ll already have a good idea of what to expect when you hire the individual or company.
3. Research And Reviews
This step is vital because taking a shot in the dark will definitely guarantee an unpleasant outcome. Do plenty of research on the individual or company you are thinking of hiring. And that doesn’t mean just looking over their official website; of course it’s only going to say good things, because they’re the ones that wrote it. Instead, search for forums or review pages in which previous or current customers describe their experiences with the contractor in question. Obviously, you don’t want to hire someone who has a big list of negative reviews. Always look for the positive feedback and research past clients’ views on the company. Also, read the specifics of each customer’s experience with the contractor. Did they perform the task at hand without any issues? Were they professional?
My name is Andrew Kellen, and I recently had a successful experience with a company called Design Build Lancaster PA.