Before you hire a Contractor
Before you hire a contractor or engage into an agreement with home builder or remodeler you need to find answers on following questions:
- How to compare contractors quotes apple to apple?
- How do I understand what is not included in the estimate?
- How long it will take to complete my project?
- Price range between different contractors is wide. How do I know which quote is closer to reality?
- How do I make sure that my contractor is reliable?
- When is the time to purchase all finish materials? When do I need to provide information to contractor?
- What inspections normally needs to be passed on a project?
- How I will follow up with construction schedule and track passed inspections?
- How to finish project in time? How to make sure that contractor is on track and is on the schedule?
- What if I don’t have extra money when project suddenly goes over budget?
- Who is responsible for material deliveries?
- How do I know if all hidden work behind walls and ceiling is done properly? I don’t want any leakage or damage in a future.
- How contractor deals with potential problems at city inspections?
- Can I continue getting mail on project address?
In some cases general contractor selection is based on intuition or 1-2 recommendations or even cheapest estimate with the hope for the best. Why?