Where to Start
Start by making a shortlist of two to three companies that you are interested in. Here are some of the things you need to look for when you’re choosing a contractor, and the ways you can determine whether a contractor fits your requirements:
- Licencing and Insurance
- Professional Reputation
- Skills and Experience
- Contactable References
Once you have a list of potential contractors contact them and set up appointments to discuss your project.
Interviewing Homebuilding Contractors
The initial meeting with a contractor gives you a chance to get to know about the company’s background and experience, as well as the types of renovation work they specialize in. Do your homework and review each company’s website to see whether they have a comprehensive online presence.
During the meeting, ask them questions about their history, services, current and former projects. You can also ask the builder to explain how he would approach your project, when they could begin and how long it would take. Find out if they provide written agreements, what the payment schedule will be and decide whether you feel confident that they know what they are talking about.
After the Interview
Evaluate the answers you got during the meeting and determine how you felt about the contractor. Check online for customer reviews and read them, and visit their social media profiles for a record of any interaction with clients. Remember, a single negative review doesn’t mean the company is bad; rather, it’s an opportunity to see how they handled a difficult situation and what they did to resolve a complaint. If possible, take a look at a current project the company is busy with to see how they manage their employees on site, and the scope of the work they undertake.
This is the most vital part of deciding how to choose a homebuilder. As useful as online reviews and customer testimonials are, there’s nothing to compare with getting a first-hand account directly from a satisfied client. Ask the company you are interested in contracting with to provide contactable clients for one or two former projects, and call or email them yourself to ask for a reference.
If you need a home builder in New London County CT to work with you on a renovation project for 2016, Graf Enterprise will be happy to schedule a meeting with you and answer all your questions.