Choosing a builder is a big step to starting any project. You want to be assured that you are going to end up with a quality building without long delays, headache, or bumps in the road along the way. To ensure that you are making a good choice when hiring a builder, we have outlined 5 key starting points to follow.
Having a good reputation goes beyond simply having several years of business experience. Before hiring a builder for a project, consider the reputation they have with financial institutions and suppliers. It is perfectly fair to ask for references from the builder to prove that they have a reliable relationship established with various banks or lenders.
Further, make sure that they have a solid reputation with different suppliers. How well a builder does business with a supplier could be a good indication of how well he or she does business in general. Be sure to ask for a list of references to confirm a strong reputation.
2. Experience and Credentials
Do not only look at the amount of time the builder has been in business, but look at the amount of time the builder has specifically been in the construction industry. It is one thing to operate a business, but an entirely different thing to have years of specific experience in construction. If a builder has been in the construction industry for a long period of time, it is usually a good indication that they are successful in their business.
Also, ask for the builder’s credentials. Learn what training and experience they have in building the type of project you are asking him or her to complete. If you were going to hire a person for any other job, you would ask to see a resume of previous experience, so why not ask a builder that you are about to hire?
To further ensure that you are selecting a builder with high credentials, ask if builder’s insurance covers them. A builder with sufficient coverage can take a great deal of worry out of the equation. Builders insurance can cover several different aspects of building a project, from the sub-contractors, to the tools, to the actual building process itself.
3. Finished Products
Before selecting a builder, take a good look at his or her portfolio of work. Make sure that as the client you are happy with the quality and style of work the builder has completed in the past. Often, builders will develop a style or a particular look to a product that they become comfortable building. If possible, visit the finished buildings in person. This should allow you to see up close the quality and finishes the builder uses and this will allow you to judge the finished product.
4. Hired Contractors
While the builder is the head of the operation, he or she must rely on the contractors that are hired for the job. Make sure that you are happy with the contractors the builder chooses to work with. Who they choose to associate with can speak volumes about the builder’s reputation. The contractors that surround them are a direct reflection of the quality and level of work the builder expects. Quality contractors imply that the builder expects quality work. If they’re hiring inexpensive and inexperienced contractors, this may reflect poorly on the quality of building the builder is able to complete.
One very important factor to consider when choosing to hire a builder is the location in which they have worked in previously. Often, different locations can change several requirements for buildings. Not only are codes and regulations different from region to region, but climate and weather can greatly alter the way a building is constructed.
If you are looking for a home to be built in an area that is prone to flooding, make sure that the builder you choose has experience working in flood prone areas. Or, if you are building a home in an area that is subject to extremely cold temperatures, ensure that your builder is well equipped to build a solidly insulated house.
Hiring tradesmen involves a lot more than simply looking at their advertisement and phoning them up, or asking for a few details. You want to ensure you’re hiring someone who knows what they’re doing and whose finished product will be of quality. By taking the above points into consideration, you should be able to find the right person for the job.