How Do I Pick the Right Contractor?

ContractorYou’ve selected just the right property, purchased it, decided on your plan, and now you’re ready to start building. Where do you begin? Picking a contractor can be a time consuming and confusing process. You’re really just beginning to ask all the questions you’ll need to answer and the decisions you’ll need to make. How big is your project going to be? Do you want to hire just one contractor who will complete the entire process? Or do you want to hire several subcontractors who will specialize in the different aspects of your build? Here are just a few tips to help you start navigating the process:

  • Look into qualifications. Make sure that any contractor you’re considering is fully licensed. Building a home is one of the most important events in your life, so you need to make sure that the company you are entrusting with that task is qualified and experienced. Contact your state, county, and city governments to request information about your contractor. Make sure that the contractor is fully insured and has a worker’s compensation policy, liability insurance, and property damage insurance in place.
  • Discuss vision. Sit down with the contractor to get both of you on the same page. Explain what you want, what you need, and what you expect. Review the sketches, drawings, and plans. Make sure that your contractor is not only experienced with building homes, but also specifically with building homes similar to yours.
  • Check staffing. Ask the contractor where he gets his labor. The best contractors have their own dedicated team of workers, with individual players with specialties. For example, your contractor should have a rough-in carpenter, an electrician, a plumber, a finish carpenter, a drywaller, etc.
  • Commit to a schedule. Ask your contractor for a general timeline. Be sure your plan includes extra time for such possible delays as storms and other issues you can’t predict. The best contractors will provide you with a range, with a clear explanation of the things they expect, and a contingency plan for necessary adjustments (normal on any large project).

Southstar Communities wants your building process to be enjoyable, memorable, and efficient, and most of all, to achieve your desired outcome. We’ll be happy to provide you with a comprehensive list of contractors we recommend and builders we’ve used before. For more information, please call us today at 800-688-5419 or visit our website if you’re considering building or buying in a Bluegreen Community.