How to Hire a Good Residential Construction Company
Are you planning to build a home? Choosing a good residential construction company is the most important step you’ll take. There are lots of them out there, but not all of them are right for you.
As you look for the perfect candidate, keep the following in mind:
This may sound trivial, but remember that you will be spending at least six months of your life with this residential construction company. That’s a very long time to spend with people you dislike, especially if they’re constructing your future home! Most probably, you will not be as cooperative as you should be, there will be no healthy exchange of thoughts or inputs, and bad vibes will just be all over the project. And that can have a considerable negative impact on the project’s outcome. We all know how big an investment home building is. If getting those bad vibes right from the start, take your project somewhere else.
Do you like the work that the residential construction company has done before? This is among the best signs that you will like what they will do with your project as well. Be meticulous is you must. Review their portfolio from all angles, and ask all the questions you may have in mind. Quality work will hold up against scrutiny, and for a good residential construction company, this is all in their day’s work.
Prior to and during construction, you will likely have a lot of questions and concerns to raise. You should be able to talk directly to the residential construction company you pick. Note that while these people are usually busy, that is not a reason not to find time to be responsive to their clients. If they don’t take or return your calls, that’s not a very good sign.
Relationships with Subcontractors
The actual handiwork of a home construction project rests on the hands of the subcontractors. Find out who the subcontractors are, how experienced they are in the industry as well as in their specific areas of expertise. A good company will only keep dependable and experienced people to do work for them.
Finally, consider the residential construction company’s overall reputation. A lot of consumer advocacy groups and websites can help you in screening your prospects before actually committing to them. Two such groups are Homeowners for Better Building (HOBB) and Homeowners Against Deficit Dwellings (HADD), which offer resources that make it easier for you to make the right choice. Again, you will find many of these organizations, and they can all be found online.
Even if you stumble upon a really impressive home construction company, you can never tell if they’re indeed the best for you if you have no point of reference. In short, don’t limit yourself to a single prospect. Have at least three or four so you can make comparisons and make a more solid decision.