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Getting the Right Contractor

Oct 12, 2007
There are a number of factors that you need to consider when hiring a contractor to build your new home and the process of finding the right one can be somewhat tricky. While you may think that hiring a contractor is a few simple steps, but a lot of it can be attributed to your own intuition.

Talk to your relatives and friends and find out if they can recommend a good contractor to you. This is the most reliable way to do find a contractor to build your house, but if you do not have anyone that you can talk to or they cannot recommend anyone, then you should try the phone book. The general consensus is to never use the phone book to hire people to work on your home, but not all of us have the friends or relatives that can give us advice on who to choose.

Get in touch with a few different contractors and ask for at least three references from each one and contact them all. Ask if they have had any issues with water damage or mold in their newly constructed home and ask about other structural problems that might exist. Write down what you discover about each contractor and use this to make a decision on who to offer the job. Get a fixed price bid from the ones you think are good enough for the job and make sure they get the same building plan.

Your contract with them should have a number of specifics in it so that there is no room for confusion as to what is expected of your contractor. Dates showing where the project should begin and approximately when it should end are to be included along with a list of materials the home will be built out of. Consider offering incentives to your contractor if the job is completed early and offer penalties if the job is not completed by a certain date if moving in as soon as possible is important to you.

Any contractor that you hire should have the proper insurance for himself and his workers so workers are covered by his insurance while they are working on your property. You need to obtain copies of all these insurance policies and keep them in a job folder along with other necessary documents like your building contract and a payment schedule.

You should make payments to your contractor as work progresses and do not let your payments get ahead of the work that has been done.
About the Author
Jim Corkern is a writer and promoter of quality
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mold remediation companies across the united states
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