Develop a list of potential contractors from which you shall pick the most competent who will handle the construction works for you. Do not automatically accept the first contractor who comes through. Device a way of analyzing the potential contractors to pick the best. Elucidated below are some of the guidelines for selecting a good contractor.
Look in the past works of a contractor. Depending on the specific construction works to be handled, projects will always be different. Go for that contractor who in the past has handled projects that are similar to what you want to be done. Every contractor will have the works they have narrowed in. Make sure you ask the contractor on the specific works they specialize in.
Years of operation. It is not appealing to the customer when they can no longer reach a contractor on issues regarding the works they did for them only because they have closed shop. It is always best to work with the contractor who has been in operation for a long time. Experienced contractors are not out to just do a single shop and close shop, they have business continuity hence easy to locate them.
Ensure the contractor has the relevant insurance cover. Gather all the information regarding the insurance of the contractor. The essence of the insurance cover is to alleviate the customer any loss resulting from the contractor’s works. Ensure the insurance touches on the major issues that would occur during the project.
Seek to know if the contractor offers guarantees. A guarantee is a critical item in any project as it gives an assurance that the client will get full value for money. It therefore means that the contract is bound to ensure that the works meet the requirements of the client. Make sure that as the client you are well versed with the extent of coverage of the warranty
Look for referrals based on past works. A professional contractor will never shy away from giving a record on the works they have previously handled. Get to see the work they have done in the recent times more so within five years. The recent projects will give a picture of the contractor’s current ability. Cut out time to meet up with the previous customers. Seek their insights on the competence of the contractor and their view of the works the contractor did. If the client is happy with what the contractor did, then consider them for the works.
When you have chosen the contractor, let them present a contract for signing. Familiarize yourself with every clause of the contract. Consult on the issues that you do not grasp in the contract and while at it don’t be in a hurry.