Who to hire, that is litterally the $1,000,000 question. This choice can make the next (6-12) months of your life either fascinating or infuriating. While there are many facets to a good decision. Here are a few key things to consider when hiring a contractor in your area.
1. Do they have verifiable references?
This is by far the easiest information to obtain from a reputable contractor. Absense of references should be sounding alarms!!!! Talk to your network and find like sized and type projects for your contractor search.
2. Speak with your local building inspectors.
While most people are scared of building inspectors, the fact of the matter is they are there to ensure that the work is completed in adherence to Building Codes. Don’t forget Building Codes are merely an enforceable minimum. More importantly, the inspectors experience with a particular contractor has to do with compliance, safety standards, and working within the construct of regulations. This is a good way to find out a little more about the Contractor and their culture. Find out if your contractors have done work under permits like yours and check with the inspectors so see of there were any red flags.
3. Ask for Architectural References.
Any competent contractor can build from plans and specs as long as there are no problems. The sweet spot is finding a contractor which, At Once- can build efficiently, value engineer, problem solve, work expeditiously and at the end of this,,,,,,,Maintain Design Intent within your budget. The Architects know who is good, great or mediocre.
4. Are they financially sound?
This might seem like a prickly question, or odd request. No matter, please consider the relationship you are about to create, and the importance of this contractor in building your dream. As owner, and president of Meritus C M, I have been asked for my Company information many times, and on one occasion my personal Credit Score. Initially I thought Why? How ever after listening to my Dallas clients concerns I provided the information. As it turned out this information sealed our deal. 3 other contractors were in the running. 2 refused, 1 had poor capital management skills. To that point Our client made their choice based on actual practices of their contractor options.
5. Open invitation to contact us with any questions.
Please feel free to contact us directly. Our experience and expertise can be at your disposal simply by becoming a client.