Construction Contractor Selection
Picking the right contractor to work on your home or business can be just as hard as designing it. Every contractor is different and you want to make sure you choose the right one. We’ve come up with a few different tips to help you choose and maintain a good relationship with your contractor.
Follow these suggestions and the building process will be a whole lot easier (trust us).
Just like when you researched your project, you need to put in some work finding the right contractor for you. You can ask friends, family or local businesses in the area that have just renovated about who they hired and their experience. Some people may tell you horror stories, but some may have really good advice.
You can also look online for recommendations. A lot of helpful websites are out there, such as the Better Business Bureau. They rate contractors, post reviews and show examples of their work.
Before hiring a contractor, you should conduct a phone interview and an in-person interview. You should also not just interview one business, but maybe two or three. This gives you a wide range of options to choose from. It is also a good idea to meet with the crew that will be working on your project. This way you will know everyone who is involved and ensure that the results are perfect.
Communication is Key
Chances are you do not know your contractor and they may work differently than you. You have to make sure that before any work begins, you have communicated your entire vision to your contractor.
Store your contractor’s information, such as cell phone number and email, in your smartphone so you can reach them whenever you need. If they leave you a message, get back to them as soon as you can. If you put off their messages, it could cause some serious delays in your project. This is one of our pet peeves!
Get Everything in Writing
Have a contract drawn up between you and your contractor. Have all the details of your project, including start and end dates included in the contract. Also document how much money is going to your contractor and when.
Before you both sign this document, have an attorney go over the information to make sure you both understand the agreement. If any changes come up during the project, document them. Once they are added to the contract, make sure you and your contractor sign off on it so you have it in writing.
Keep a Journal
Along with keeping track of any changes in your contract, you should document all progress in your own journal. This can be used as a reference to look back on in case anything comes up. Keeping track of your project will also keep you involved and up-to-date.
Check For Yourself
Definitely stop by the construction site multiple times throughout the project. If you wait until a few days before it’s complete, and it’s wrong, you aren’t going to be very happy. Remember, you need to be just as hands-on with the project as the contractor.
When Problems Come Up, Stay Calm
Construction can be stressful, especially if it is your first time going through the process. More than likely you will hit a few bumps in the road. The key to getting through the process is clear communication and patience. You won’t get anywhere with anger and frustration. So just remember to take your time, work with your contractor and you will get through it.
Are you or your business currently thinking about a construction project? If so, give us a call at (843) 546-4491 or visit our website coastalstructures.com. Coastal Structures provides construction and contracting services all along the South Carolina coast. Based in Georgetown, our experienced team will make the process a breeze. And, you now have some tips to help you along the way!