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Building your own house can be a dream or a nightmare. Many people look forward to the day when they will be able to design and build their own house, but then realize it is far more work than they expected. The key to having a good experience when you build your house is hiring the right contractor. Here are a couple things you need to ask your contractor before you hire them.
Can I Get An Itemized Bid?
Before you accept any bid you need to make sure that the contractor can go through and itemize every expense. In general, you will tell the contractor what you want and then they will go through the project and bid how much they think it will cost. Most contractors will give you one bid upfront. This is just a plain estimate of how much the job will be. However, before you hire them you need to make sure that they can go through and tell you where every dollar will go. This will help you know how realistic the bid is, where the money is going, and that it is the right bid for you.
In addition, you should ask if the bid is a concrete bid, or if it is an estimate. If it is only an estimate you can expect there to be a good deal of extras added on. This is why many people prefer to get a solid bid before they start.
Can I Meet The Foreman?
You will be working with the foreman everyday for the next couple months as you build your house. It is vital that you like the foreman and you are sure you can get along with them. This is a very normal request and the contractor should be able to take you to a job where the foreman is working so that you can observe how he works and conduct a short interview. If you don't think you can communicate or get along with the foreman, you might consider hiring a different contractor.
How Will You Protect The Property?
It is not uncommon for unfinished houses to be vandalized. This is why it is important that your contractor already has precautions set in place to protect your property. The contractor might be in charge of security, but you may have to front the bill if something is vandalized or stolen. This is why before you start make sure there are security measures set in place. If you are not comfortable with what they have, either hire a different contractor, or take security into your own hands.
By doing asking these questions you can be confident that you hired the right contractor, one like Suburban Construction Inc.