Are you in the market for a new builder? If so, you’re in luck! In this blog post, we will share 10 tips that will help you find the perfect contractor for your project. It can be difficult to find good builders, but with these tips, you should be able to weed out the bad ones and find someone who is perfect for your needs. Keep reading to learn more!
1. Ask for references
A good builder will have no problem providing you with a list of references from past clients. This is a great way to get an idea of what it would be like to work with the builder in question. If they’re reluctant to provide references, that’s a red flag.
2. Check the builders portfolio and website
Check out their portfolio. Another good way to vet potential builders is to take a look at their portfolio. This will give you an idea of the quality of their work and whether or not they are a good fit for your project. We recommend having a glance over their website, it should look legitimate with multiple access to contacts such as telephone, email, physical address and social media. Click here for an example of a professional building company which displays all 4 contact options.
3. Are the builders insured?
Make sure they are license and and insured. This is an important one! You want to make sure that your builder is properly licensed and insured before you hire them. This will protect you in case anything goes wrong during the project.
4. Get a written estimate from the builders
This is important! Make sure you get a written estimate from your builder before you hire them. This will help you avoid any surprises down the road and will give you an idea of what to expect in terms of cost. We always advise that these estimates or quotations are sent via email as evidence to protect you from any future disputes.
5. Pay as you go
You should never pay your builder in full upfront. Instead, you should pay them as the work is completed. This will protect you in case the builder does not deliver on their promise. Depending on how comfortable you are will the builder and how much you trust them there’s no problem with paying in instalments meaning partial payment at the beginning of the project, another sum of funds once the project is halfway complete, then the remainder of the balance paid on the projects completion.
6. Experience matters
When it comes to builders, experience matters. You want to hire someone who has been in the business for a while and has a good track record. You want to make sure they have experience with projects similar to yours. If they don’t, that’s not necessarily a deal-breaker, but it’s something to keep in mind.
7. They should be able to meet your timeline
Your builder should be able to meet your timeline. Make sure they are available when you need them and that they can complete the project within the timeframe that you have set. There’s nothing more painful than a project that overruns for weeks on end. Of course there is sometimes unforeseen circumstances e.g weather issues which may delay a project but unless unexpected issues arise then the project should be smooth sailing.
8. Monitor the job
Once the project starts, make sure you monitor the job site. This will help you ensure that the work is progressing as it should be and that there are no problems. If you see something that doesn’t look right, don’t hesitate to speak up!
9. Be available for questions
Make sure you are available for questions. Your builder will likely have questions for you throughout the project. You want to make sure you are available to answer them in a timely manner so that the project can stay on track.
10. Discuss potential challenges
Before you hire your builder, have a discussion about potential challenges. This will help you get an idea of how they handle problems and whether or not they are a good fit for your project.
These are just a few things to keep in mind when you’re on the hunt for a good builder. With these tips, you should be able to find someone who is perfect for your needs.