Choosing the Right Building Contractors for Your Projectby Yours Tyleau Webmaster
Whether you’re planning to remodel your bathroom or kitchen, you want a new room built onto the side of your house, or you’re planning a complete remodel of your existing property you need to ensure that you get the right building contractors for the job.
When looking for building contractors in Sydney or anywhere else for that matter, there are several things you can do to ensure you get a good match of builder and project – so let’s take a look at how to choose the right building contractors for your project.
Get Two or Three Estimates
It’s often recommended that you get at least three bids for your project. Don’t just pick the first three building companies that pop up when you search online, spend time researching before you ask for quotes. Ask around your local area for recommendations.
For example, if you’re looking for a building contractor in Northern Beaches, you’ll want to employ a team who has experience of similar projects in the area. It’s also wise to ask for recommendations or seek out reviews for each contractor who is bidding from your project.
Research Material Costs
Too many of us accept builder’s quotes at face value. Contractor’s estimates will usually include the cost of materials.
To check that these prices are realistic it may be worth your time to check with suppliers to determine how much the materials would be if you were to buy them. This will help you to determine whether the markup charged by the contractor is reasonable.
Consider the Time Taken to Deliver the Quote
If a contractor says that they’ll get their quote to you by Friday but doesn’t actually deliver until the following Monday or Tuesday, this should set off warning bells. It may be that this ‘lateness’ is an indication of how they’ll carry out your project.
Assess the Quality of the Quote
You’ll also want to check the quality of the quote. Does it include everything that’s been discussed? Has the contractor provided sufficient details to show how they’re going to work on your project? Have they built in a contingency plan and have they given you a definite timescale for completion?
All these details will give you an indication of their work ethics and the way in which they work with their customers.
How Well Do You Get on With Each Contractor?
While you don’t have to be best friends with your contractor, it is important to respect each other and have a good level of communication.
Depending on the size of your project, your contractor and their team could be with you for any length of time from a few days to a few weeks to a few months.
The Bottom Line - Do Your Homework
The bottom line is that before you engage any contractor, you should do your homework. Don’t just settle for the cheapest quote. Always, always take time to research the quality of their work, their work ethic and how satisfied their previous customers have been with their service.
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