Building a home is an exciting yet scary en-devour. You can finally build a home that fits everything you and your family needs and wants. All the bedrooms, the perfect kitchen, the spa like bathroom. You’re so excited to get started that you meet with one or two contractors and take the cheapest one. I can tell you that the cheapest when building a home is definitely not the best.
Choosing a contractor to build your home should be something that is done with plenty of research and face to face meetings. If you hire the wrong contractor, your budget could fly out the window. Your home could have major structural issues. It could be built wrong, not to code standards and so much more. A lot of contractors are fly by night. They simply get the job and outsource all the work to the cheapest bidders. They have no clue who they are hiring, they are just trying to make the most money possible. These are the contractors you want to avoid.
When looking for a contractor, talk to them about their crew. Do they outsource most of the work or do they have their own team of works. Ask them how long they have been doing home building and how long their team members of been doing their jobs. A super important thing to ask them for is referrals. Don’t be afraid to ask them for a handful of people who have used there home building services in the past. You can always mail these people a letter or try to contact them, to see how their experience was with the contractor.
Another important thing to do when looking for the right contractor is check with your city to see if they have any knowledge of the contractor and his work. The city will usually tell you if they have had good or bad experiences with a certain contractor. They want the project to go smoothly like you do and will usually give you good advice.
All in all, choosing the right contractor for your home can make or break not only your bank but your walls if not careful. Just remember to ask as many questions as possible and to meet with the crew. Get referrals from them and follow up with those referrals. You won’t know if the house is built well right away, but someone who used the same contractor and has been living in the home for years, should be able to give you a good idea of how well the contractor did.