The Steps to Finding the Right Contractor
Finding the right contractor for your project doesn’t have to be difficult. You don’t want to hire the very first one you come across because you could end up regretting the decision. Here are a few tips to help you find the best general contractor.
The first thing you want to do is get recommendations from people you know because the chances are you know people who have used a general contractor at some point in time. Another thing you can do is use the internet to find general contractors in your area and/or use the phone book. What you want to do is make a list of at least 5-6 general contractors because the more contractors you have to compare, the better off you’ll be.
Conduct Phone Interviews
After you have gotten recommendations and you have a list of general contractors, it’s time to compare each one by conducting a phone interview with each of them. You want to find a contractor that can handle a project of your size and you’ll want to see if they’ll give you a list of previous clients they have worked for. If they can’t, they may direct you to their website where you can view their portfolio and this will give you an idea of the quality of work they perform. The best general contractors have portfolios and have no problem telling you how many clients they have worked for.
Making the call
Once you’ve assembled a list, Austin recommends that you make a quick call to each of your prospects and ask them the following questions:
Have they completed jobs such as the one you are needing done?
Are they willing to provide references and previous work before and after pictures?
How many other projects would they have going at the same time?
Do they have licensed sub-contractors?
The answers to these questions will reveal the company’s availability, reliability, how much attention they’ll be able to give your project and how smoothly the work will go.
Timeline For Completion
The best general contractor will have an idea of how long it will take to complete your project, but only after they have learned what your project entails. Just bear in mind that some contractors may complete jobs faster than others, but this doesn’t mean they are the best. If a contractor says they can complete your project in a short period of time, then check out their past work because if it looks of high quality, then go ahead and hire them. If the work doesn’t seem that impressive or of low quality, then keep looking around for a contractor to hire.
Finally, read reviews about the general contractors you’re researching and you want to get an idea of how reliable the contractors are, as well as whether or not people were happy with the work they have done. However, if there are far more negative reviews about a contractor than there are positive ones, then take this as a red flag and don’t hire them, even if they charge the cheapest rates. Remember, when it comes to your project, you don’t want to choose price over quality.
Meet Face to Face
Based on the phone interviews, pick three or four contractors to meet for estimates and further discussion. A contractor should be able to answer your questions to satisfaction and in a manner that puts you at ease. Austin says that it’s crucial that you two communicate well because this person will be in your home for hours at a time. On the other hand, don’t let personality fool you. Check in with your state’s ROC and your local Better Business Bureau to make sure contractors don’t have a history of disputes with clients or subcontractors.
“Communication is key when it comes to your project, time and money.”
-Austin Richard, Owner
That is how you find the best general contractors to tackle your project. Just take your time when finding and comparing them and read reviews, conduct phone interviews and get as many recommendations as possible. If you do this, eventually you’ll have no problem finding the right contractor for your project.