If you’re looking to build a home, build an addition, or remodel an existing home, one primary activity you are likely to engage in is hiring a contractor. The right contractor can save you a lot of time and other resources, in addition to providing you with competitive services. The process of hiring a contractor for your construction needs is, however, not as simple as you may think. It is essential to do your due diligence to ensure that you hire the right qualified contractor who can deliver on your expectations. Here are some valuable tips on how to hire a contractor.

Enlisting your criteria and specifications
To give you a good head start, it is wise to write out your expectations for the work you want the contractor to complete. Having a comprehensive list of construction activities and the scope of work to be done allows you to brief the potential candidates accordingly. For instance, typical expectations for a home construction contractor include constructing the house from start to finish with the specified number of bedrooms, the desired finish, plumbing fixtures, as well as a date for expected completion. For a remodel, you might have expectations that the contractor will remove old fixtures and dispose of them. However, if you don’t include that in the scope of the project, your expectations may not be met. Also, any estimate they give you for the work is likely to be inaccurate. 

Look for referrals
Referrals are an excellent opportunity for you to get a list of qualified contractors who have previously served other clients. Requesting references from friends and social media platforms may give you an idea of where to start when shortlisting potential candidates. A good referral would be a contractor who has successfully undertaken a project of similar scope in the past.

Confirmatory due diligence
The third step involves conducting some due diligence as relates to the contractor’s credentials. A reputable contractor should be appropriately registered to practice within a given area. The contractor should also have insurance that covers any potential injuries sustained by workers during your construction project. Additional due diligence includes visiting the contractor’s offices to get an overview of how professional and competent the contractor is in customer service.

Agreement to contract
A competent and qualified contractor should agree to your basic requirements. You should sufficiently brief the contractor on the expected scope of work and come to an agreement on important aspects of the contract, including the budget and timeline. The final agreement should be in written form and should provide an overview of all the pertinent details in the contract that bind both parties.

Lori Weaver HeadshotLori Weaver is a Luxury Portfolio Real Estate Specialist serving the greater Seattle area. As a member of The Weaver Team, Lori is passionate about supplying client satisfaction in all areas of the client journey and experience. Lori loves being able to help people find or sell their home or vacation property. Lori can be contacted via phone at 425-276-6220 or email at LoriWeaver@JohnLScott.com.