Finding and Working with Contractors the Right Way

If you’re planning a big home construction or renovation project, you’ve probably thought about your budget and timeline. However, have you thought about your construction team? As a project manager, you’re required to plan and oversee all construction operations to ensure timely completion.

This includes finding the right contractors for your project. However, finding the right contractors for your home is not a small feat. It not only requires a lot of pre-planning and research but also a lot of decision making. The contractors you select for your construction project need to work within your budget and deliver what you want with minimal hassle. Here are some steps that can help you find and work with contractors in the right way.

1. Finding Good Contractors

Contractors

Determining the scope of your project goes a long way in helping you find the right contractors. For example, for big house projects, working with a general contractor ensures you have someone to oversee the daily operations at a construction site as you handle contracts and payrolls.

Additionally, a general contractor can easily find contractors that specialize in various aspects, such as plumbing and carpentry. This is because they rub shoulders with many contractors, making the hiring process less stressful for you. Other contractors you’ll need for your major house project include:

  • Architect – to approve structural changes
  • Designer – to create plans

Once you know the type of contractors you need, it’s time to do some research. Ask your colleagues, friends, and family for any personal recommendations.

2. Calling Around

When it comes to calling contractors, there’s no definitive number of how many you should contact. However, to be safe, have a list of 10 to 12 contractors from your initial research. The goal is to find at least four contractors to work with, but this depends on the scope of your project. Bigger home projects may require more contractors.

Calling your contractors is a great way to assess their professionalism and expertise. For example, a contractor that doesn’t answer your questions directly and gives you a run-around is a red flag. Some of the questions you should ask your potential contractors include:

  • Are they licensed?
  • When can they start?
  • Do they have insurance?
  • Have they completed similar jobs before?

3. Meet With Your Selected Contractors

Once you’ve narrowed down your list, meet with your contractors for an in-depth assessment. During your meeting, ask the contractors for their quotes and ask more specific questions regarding your project. Then, select the contractors you want to work with and negotiate your payment terms.

Draw up a contract and clarify its terms to avoid any conflicts in the future. This includes their roles, risks, and expectations. Also, ask your contractors if they have any questions regarding the project or contract to clear up any concerns or issues. This establishes trust between you and your contractors for seamless work experience. During your project, ensure you keep detailed records of everything to make sure it’s in line with your contract.

With these steps, you can find and work with a contractor the right way.