Step 5: Choosing to Work With A Professional Contractor

There is a wide variety of different contractors and builders to choose from, but how do you know which contractor is the right fit for you and your project? Choosing the right contractor is a very important step in the process of working towards your new home. Your contractor will be one of the professionals you work closest with in bringing the vision for your new home to life. That’s why it’s important to thoroughly investigate and carefully choose the contractor you want to work with. Here we look at some steps in the process towards choosing your ideal contractor for your custom design build home or custom remodel.

Finding Your Contractor

If this is your first design build project or first remodel, you may be at a loss as to where to even start looking for a contractor. Word-of-mouth is still a great way to be referred to a trustworthy and experienced contractor, so ask around your relatives, friends, neighbors, business colleagues, real estate agents and local material suppliers for suggestions and recommendations.

An initial internet search for contractors in your area can also present a few options that give you somewhere to start. Online contractor business directories or local remodeling associations can recommend trusted and qualified contractors in your area as well.

A Reliable Choice

When browsing the options among contractors, it can be hard to differentiate the ‘good’ from the ‘best’. That’s why personal recommendations, feedback, and reviews contribute so much to the reputation of a great contractor, and you can use these tools to help you make your choice too.

A custom design build contractor with experience will have testimonials and reviews online about their services which you can read to help guide your decision. Read their blog to get an idea of the way they handle projects and their level of creativity and ingenuity. Conducting some initial research on the standards and skills of your contractor can help guide you in making the right choice.

A good, honest contractor will have liability insurance and worker’s comp insurance for all workers
on your project. This ensures that in the unfortunate case of worker injury, you are covered from
liability.

Browse Portfolios

Many contractors have galleries or portfolios online that present a concise overview of the quality, standard and style they aim to produce for clients. Browsing the portfolios of experienced design build contractors can help you choose the contractor that best matches the style and feel you are aiming to create in your space.

Check References and Details

Once you’ve narrowed down your selection, it’s time to check on the finer details. The following checklist will help you choose an experienced professional contractor that will help make your remodel easy and stress free.

  • A contractor who knows the local building codes and process for obtaining permits will help you save a lot of time when it comes to the building process.
  • Most states require contractors to be licensed, bonded and/or insured, and you can always ask a prospective contractor for a copy of their license. Professional contractors should also carry worker’s compensation, property damage and personal liability insurance. Ask for a copy of their insurance certificate to make sure that it is current
  • Check with the Consumer Affairs Office and the Better Business Bureau to ensure there are no complaints on record for the contractor.
  • If you can’t find references for a contractor, ask the contractor to provide them and follow up with a site visit or a phone call.

Taking the time to go over the details, gather relevant information and check references helps you choose the best design build contractor for your needs, to achieve outstanding results.

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