Develop a list of potential contractors from which you shall pick the most competent who will handle the construction works for you. Do not accept the first contractor who promises to do the job as per your requirements. Have a thorough selection criteria ensuring you ask all the guiding questions. A good contractor can be reached by adhering to the following key points.
Look in the past works of a contractor. Depending on the specific construction works to be handled, projects will always be different. The most appropriate contractor for your construction needs is that who has done works similar to what you want to be done. Every contractor will have the works they have narrowed in. Find out from the contractor their area of specialization to determine if they are in tandem with the works you want to be done for you.
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. Find out the coverage of the insurance held by the contractor. This is vital as the insurance ought to cover you and your property in case something happens during the project. Ensure that the insurance cover is well curved to cover every aspect of the construction phase.
Find out if the contractor’s works are guaranteed. A guarantee is a critical item in any project as it gives an assurance that the client will get full value for money. Guarantees are key to enhance confidence with the customers assuring them that they will get what they paid for. The customer should ensure that they are familiar with the extent of the guarantee.
Seek recommendations and references. Contractors will be free to give all the insight in the works they have completed for other clients. Lay more emphasis of the projects they have completed in the near past mostly within five years. The recent projects will give a picture of the contractor’s current ability. Take time and talk to the past clients. Ask the clients of the professionalism of the contractor and how they feel regarding the work the contractor did. Consider hiring them if the customer has positive thoughts about the contractor.
Ensure that after settling on the contractor to do the works, that they have offered a contract. Read and understand all that is contained in the contract. If there is anything that you may need to consult, take your time and do it without being in a hurry.