What to consider before you hire a contractor
Building a house is a large investment and certainly a large commitment, because it is something you do once in a lifetime and you will spend a good part of your life in your own house. It is important to get all the parts of this process right, from finding a lot to furnishing your home, in order to have a legalized, well-built and cozy house where you will enjoy spending time. In this article, we will focus on finding a right contractor, in order to make sure that the house is built properly and that you will avoid corrections and any possible problems in future, which would only bring you additional costs and lots of stress.
Once you have found the lot, measured it, collected all the necessary papers and created a building plan, it is time to hire a contractor. We can feel free to say that every step of building a house is essential, and so is this one. Therefore, make sure to find a right contractor by searching for following features.
1. The license – this is the first thing to look for when searching for a contractor. If the contractor company has a license, it means that its employees have completed the necessary training in their area and that they are able and capable of performing quality work when building a house. Before you sign anything, make sure to check whether the contractor has a license by browsing the contractor’s name online or by asking them to present you with the license.
2. The guarantee – in addition to the license, the contractor needs to provide you with a guarantee that the work they have done is high-quality and in accordance with the contract. This protects you over a certain period, in case any of the contractor’s work proves to be poorly done. In such a case, you are entitled to free repair or renovation.
3. The reputation – even if the contractor is licensed and offers a guarantee, you still cannot be sure that you will be satisfied with their work. Therefore, make sure to talk to other people who have had the experience with this contractor, and you can also browse for people’s experience online. If the contractor has cheated someone or has done some poor work, it is very easy to find out, so make sure to check it before you go further into making any legal agreement.
4. The details – if you have found the contractor you can believe, it is time to start paying attention to details. Every contractor should give you a detailed contract of sale, stating time frames, different details of the work and details of price. The legal agreement you sign is based on these details, so you need to make sure that the contract of sale is as detailed and as clear as possible, without any vague or incomplete parts.
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After the contract has been created and you are ready to sign, make sure to double-check all the details of the license, dates and deadlines, location, dimensions and the like. Also, check whether your local government body can help with disputes, in order to know what to do if anything goes wrong.