How to Hire a Contractor

Written by ICHBA
03
Sep

One of the ways to make sure your construction project will go smoothly and won’t burn a hole in your pocket is to choose a reliable contractor for the job. This isn’t always as easy as it seems because there are a lot of variables that go into any construction project.

It’s best to take the project planning seriously and prepare for it before the actual work takes place. The first thing you need to do is clearly define the type of project you’re working on and to decide on the following steps accordingly.

Licenses and insurance

blueprintsWorking in construction requires a license issued by the local authorities. Having this license is a guarantee that the contractor has passed the government-prescribed tests and that they are trust-worthy experts. If the contractor doesn’t specify that they have a license, you should ask them about it yourself. You can check for Utah Contractor Licenses here.

The insurance, on the other hand, keeps you safe in case there’s an accident during the construction project. This doesn’t happen often, but it’s better not to take chances.

Examples of previous work

The contractor should provide references of their previous experience in the field. The references should contain information about how long it took for the project to be completed and the ability to contact the previous employers. You can rely on the statements from previous satisfied clients, but it’s always a better option if you’re able to contact the clients yourself and ask them.

Although the contractor hasn’t worked on the project similar to the one you need to tackle, the references could still be helpful because they can give a general idea of how diligent and reliable the company you’re hiring is.

The right skills

It’s important that the contractor’s skills and equipment perfectly suit the specific needs of your project. This could mean that someone who’s doing a great job overall simply doesn’t match the requirements for this particular job. That’s why you need to specify your biggest concern as well as your main goal before you decide on a particular contracting company.

For instance, if you want your building to be sturdy and long-lasting, you need someone with experience in tilt up construction. The best way to find the company with the skills you’re looking for is to present them with a list of clearly defined demands.

Know what your job is

Not all construction projects can start right away. Sometimes there’s a need for quite a lot on-site preparations. In order to avoid confusion and start the work as soon as possible, you need to be clear as to what your job is.

This doesn’t mean that you have to do a lot of heavy lifting. It’s perfectly fine to take the hands-off approach and find the contractor that will do all the work for you. This will probably cost you a bit more and you’re going to have to clearly define the scope of the work in advance.

The cost

In the end, the cost is one of the biggest factors when choosing a contractor. The old saying goes that you’re never rich enough to buy cheap and there’s a lot of truth to it. However, there are always details to work through.

If there’s a negotiation, you should decide on two figures. One that will be your initial offer and the other that’s the highest you can offer. The negotiation should land somewhere between this figure for the entire project.

Hiring a good contractor is a crucial step toward finishing a building or a renovation project. Take the time and effort to do this right and it will save you a lot of money and trouble.

To find a qualified contractor in Cedar City, check out the members of the Iron County Homebuilders Association.