From new kitchens and bathrooms to new home construction, finding a general contractor or a builder to work on your home project is both exciting and exhausting. Google and Angie’s List Reviews are great resources, to begin with. But asking the right questions will help make your decision much easier. But what are the right questions?
Fortunately, we get a lot of them from our clients. So we decided to lis
t a 4 of the most frequently asked questions you should ask your general contractor before starting the construction.
Ask about the company:
There are questions about the company you may not get online that will give you a better idea of who you’re working with:
- What licenses do they have?
- How long have they been in business for?
- How do they compare to other businesses and what sets them apart?
- Are there multiple designs you can choose from?
- What and how many customizations can they offer?
- Who are their recent customers and can they provide references??
Asking all these questions can give you an insight into the professionalism and the work ethic of companies that you are considering. It’s better to know who you are going to trust to bring your dream house to a reality.
Ask about deadlines:
In order to stay profitable, general construction companies need to keep their projects on time and within scope. Viewing their project portfolio gives you an idea of their quality of work. But still doesn’t tell you how long it took to complete the project. Make sure to ask about their construction processes, workflows, expected problems and typical time ranges. For every company, projects vary. But most companies should provide you with an estimated range of how long your project will take. Also, be sure to ask for expected timelines for permits, city approvals and warranty on all materials.
Ask for a list of references:
Once you’ve asked about the company, the next thing should be asking for is their references. These can include:
- Consultant architects
And any other party that can be involved in helping you build your dream home.
Ask for the updates
Asking updates from your general contractor covers the following areas:
- Costs for changes in the plans, labor etc.
- Delays in the long-term construction
- Changes in plans and how they go about handling them
Even with all set contracts, companies and clients can find loopholes for unexpected delays, changes in plans. You can ask your chosen company about these and talk to them about these questions in detail to solve misunderstandings that contracts might not cover.
Other than these house-building related questions, you can also ask your builders about insightful questions like the best places to hang out at, restaurants etc. Or you can ask them about the Homeowners’ Association (HOA) in your area.
If there’s an HOA, you can ask them about the rules and regulations you need to know before you start construction. They can give you a list, a checklist or a booklet of all types of information to consider other than just rules and regulations.
To sum it up, asking all these questions helps you understand home building processes to avoid misunderstandings and misconceptions in the future. It also builds up a level of trust before your construction starts.
All that’s left to do now is carry on with construction and finally settling in and exploring your new neighborhood.