A home improvement project can be one of the most vital and most important investments that a homeowner can do for his home, second only to out rightly building a new home. However, the current economy is still very restrictive right now that venturing out to build a new abode may not be the most cost-effective project that a homeowner could take. Whether, you are planning to build a new home or gearing up for a new custom-built home remodeling project, choosing the most suitable builder – contractor for the job would be one of the most important primary considerations.
When choosing contractors, a homeowner should not rely entirely on who would be the lowest bidder among his choices. The contractor-selection process for your home improvement project would require much more than that. The contractors that you will be hiring should not only offer a good price for their services, but should also be efficient in their construction work, maintain the highest quality standards in workmanship and materials, knowledgable of new building trend likeGreen Building and provide ample security in the workplace. Before signing a contract with any home builders, you should first make several considerations to guide you in your choices.
What are Contractors?
In terms of home building and construction, a contractor is an individual or a company who can be described as an expert home builder and is hired by a homeowner to construct a home building or a home renovation project. Part of the contractor’s task is to hire his own skilled and unskilled manpower or workers who will be part of the construction team.
Usually, a home building or renovation project involves making a choice among several contractors bidding for that particular project. Each of these contractors should be duly licensed by a controlling body in order for them to lawfully make a bid for the project. Bids are based on cost estimates assessed by the contractors and these include the building materials, manpower wages and the contractor’s fee.
Contractors have the option to perform most of the construction or home building work himself and his own regular team, or he can hire other qualified subcontractors to be part of the working team. Most of these home builders are affiliated or have special working relationships or partnerships with other home building entities. In any case, the contractors who signed up for the project would have sole and ultimate responsibility for the quality and workmanship of the project.
The Qualities of Good Contractors
The most important quality or qualification that a contractor should have would be his knowledge and experience in working with the type of renovation or home building work that the project requires. If the project involves a custom-built kitchen remodeling or bathroom remodeling in an area like Boston, Massachusetts that would entail the use of exquisite materials, designs and styles, the contractors bidding for the job should be knowledgeable in working with such a requirement. It would be disastrous if they are not and a good contractor should be able to gauge their own capabilities and limitations.
It would be preferable if the architect or design build team that you employed for your project has previous working relationships with the contractors bidding for the project. In this case, the architects would have prior knowledge about the workmanship, quality and delivery of a particular contractor that will help you in the selection process. They can also recommend which ones can work within the proper schedules and those who can maintain good communication and relationship with the architects, designers and the homeowners themselves.
The contractor can also be a member of a recognized association, although this should not be your primary criteria in selecting the one you will hire. Although his membership can give you consumer protection and would be a very important selection criterion, you choice of contractor selection should also be based on the contractors’ record of accomplishments, his cost-effective bid for the project, their work guarantee and their ability to work within schedule.