How to Choose a Remodeling Contractor

How to Choose a Remodeling Contractor

Most medium or big scale construction jobs are managed by a general contractor who is responsible for completing the job of construction on time at the bid price. His job profile includes works like, estimating and bidding the project, hiring the subcontractors, obtaining the necessary permits, creating work schedules and distributing money accordingly, interpreting plans and specifications, supervising the construction and troubleshooting on site problems.

Choosing a contractor:

When required to choose a contractor you can ask the architect who is working for you as they generally have contacts of contractors who they have worked with successfully on previous occasions. You could also look into news papers or internet for desired names. You could probably hire them for a small work to determine if you would be able to work with them. However, it is important that whosoever you choose is competent and reliable.

Whoever you choose either by individual appointment or through open tenders and bidding, one is more likely to select someone who bids the lowest cost for the construction. Where else, you should select someone who will be able to complete the work with finesse on time. A contractor who does not have a good financial standing may delay work during or before construction due to insufficient capital requirement. Or the end product is not as per you expectations.

That being said, the most effective way to get such information is through friends or acquaintances who have construction work done recently. You could also look for project of your own size, features and complexity.

Questions to ask before selection:

  • Before selecting a contractor for you construction project you may as well ask some questions to figure out your best option.
  • How much similar kind of jobs has he/she done?
  • Average square-foot cost for such job.
  • Who will supervise the on-site construction work?
  • Type of money agreement and method of payment.

Such questions will help you to choose on a contractor that will be most suitable for your project and you will most likely to have a better construction process. However, there are pros and cons of working with a contractor.

 

Pros and cons:

  • It is the simplest and the least expensive way of completing the project if by bidding.
  • The contractor is responsible for all the material, workmanship, scheduling etc. and is responsible in case of a fault.
  • You will have some leverages and fair payment schedule if you happen to make payments on time.
  • However, you will have to put all you trust in the contractor.
  • It may be a problem if the contractors does not work properly and jeopardizes the work quality.
  • In case of an argument if there is no mediator the contractor will be more susceptible to winning as he knows a lot more about it than you do.

 

Whatever you choose in whichever way, make sure you work with the contractor you are comfortable with, whose work is similar to your liking. Be sure to verify about the work and the person who you are going to trust with such a money consuming task.

How to Choose a General Contractor