When you decide to build your home from the ground-up, you have a lot of big decisions to make. One of the most important choices is which contractor you are going to work with. If you have the option to choose any local contractor, we have some tips for you to make sure you pick the right contractor for your project and budget.
One of the first and easiest steps you can take is to ask around among your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to see if they have any recommendations. “Word of mouth-hands down, is the best way to find a qualified professional to tackle the job… ask what made it a positive experience, how the contractor handled problems and whether he or she would use the same contractor again” (HGTV). Combine the referrals you get from others with any contractors you find on your own to create a short list of 3-5 contractors to take to the next round.
Interview Potential Contractors
With your short list of candidates completed, it’s time to start the interview process. You can start online to try and narrow your list, but then we highly encourage you to meet in person with your top contenders in-person. “Ask a lot of questions and get a written proposal with an estimate from each. When you compare bids, make sure each one includes the same materials and the same tasks, so you’re comparing apples and apples” (U.S. News). You want to create a strong connection with your contractor – you have a big project ahead of you, so you want to make sure you’re working with someone that you get along with and that you can trust.
Don’t Just Focus on Budget
While the budget is obviously important in your decision, you shouldn’t just pick the company that gives you the lowest bid; in fact, we would advise against this. The bid amount can reflect the care and quality of work the contractor will use on your home, and there is nothing more important in a home than reliability. Ultimately, you want to choose the contractor who you feel you can communicate well with and who generates a bid that is a fair price for quality workmanship.
We hope these three tips help you to find the perfect contractor for your new home build. If you’re ready to start the process and find the lot for your build, we encourage you to reach out to our team today and we will help you find the perfect property for your future home!