Whether you are looking to build a house from the ground up, or add an addition on to your house, it is best to look for a reputable contractor to help you with the job. People find contractors in all sorts of different ways, whether it is a family member, word-of-mouth, found via an advertisement or online. When it comes to contractors, it is extremely important that you seek out one that is reliable, has great reviews and will provide you with the best value for your dollar. If you are looking for a contractor and are not sure where to start, here are some tips on how to find one that you will meet all your expectations (and more!):
- Be proactive. It is important to know that contractors will always have a job or project to work on, so it is on you to find them and reach out to them to see if you can fit within their schedule. First, check out reviews of the contractors near you to see what other people have experienced while working with them. If they do not have many reviews, or have mostly negative ones, it is best to steer clear.
- Pay attention to the value of their cost. Once you find a contractor that you would like to work with for your project, it is time to look at their overall cost, and the value that you will get from it. How much are they charging? More importantly, what is the long-term cost? For example, if their project will require maintenance yearly, you will have to factor in additional costs for the future.
- Be clear on your expectations. After you have finalized the cost of your project with the contractor, you must set up a meeting with them so that your expectations are crystal clear as to what you are looking for. On the other hand, you must ensure that you understand the contractor’s expectations, terms and conditions as well. Align on how long the project will take and if that works within your time frame that you are shooting for. By the time you are done meeting, you should feel comfortable with next step and how the project timeline will look from start to finish.