When you need to construct a building, you have to hire contractors.
There are many types of contractors you’ll need to complete your building construction project.
You may want to hire a general contractor or you may want to hire separate contractors for different tasks.
Which type of contractors you hire, no matter, you will work with them for years.
If you want to reduce your headaches and complete the project on time without compromising its quality, you need to hire the right contractors for your job.
Contractors play an important role in construction projects. If you make mistakes hiring the right contractor, you’ll face many problems.
If you can hire the right contractor, your project will smoothly run.
So, the question is how to hire the right contractor who will complete your project without giving you much stress?
In this post, I’ll describe the exact steps of hiring right contractors.
How To Hire A Contractor In 9 Easy Steps
Don’t worry. Hiring a contractor isn’t that hard. You just need to go through the steps I’ll describe in this post.
Don’t bypass a step as every step is important.
1. Make Sure You’ve a Detailed Project Plan And Design
For a building permit from the government authority, you don’t need a detailed project plan.
But before hiring a contractor, you should make the detailed plan ready.
With a detailed plan, it’ll be easy for you as well as for the contractor to discuss the rate of various tasks.
In my experience, I found that contractors often have a tendency to demand a high rate for the task you didn’t discuss before.
2. Make Your Project Specifications Ready
Specifications are a set of rules based on which the project will be built.
Like the detailed drawing, it’s also an important thing to hire a contractor.
Make sure your project specification is ready before going to hire contractors.
3. Get Recommendations For Contractors
Above two steps are just the preparation for hiring contractors.
The actual process starts with this step.
In this step, you just need to get recommendations for some good contractors.
- Ask your colleagues and friends.
- Get contractors you worked with before.
Make a list of contractors you’ve been recommended with their contact numbers.
4. Take Preliminary Interviews To Check Capabilities Of Contractors
You’ve got some recommendations for contractors so far.
Now it’s time to interview them primarily. You don’t need to get them face to face. You can interview over phones.
During interview, ask the following questions –
- Are they willing to work?
- How many other projects are they working at this moment?
- How many workers they can provide for your project?
5. Check Legal Documents Of Contractors
In the fourth step, you’ll find that some contractors aren’t willing to work in your project. It’s because they have other projects in hand or they don’t have enough workers to provide for your project.
Sort out your list and keep the contractors who are willing to work.
In this step, you just need to check their legal documents. Two important documents to check are –
- License: Make sure they have a license. Also, check the expiry date of the license.
- Insurance: As you know, Accidents are common things in construction projects. Make sure the contractors you’ve listed have insurance. It’ll save you from legal hassles for any accidental issue in your project.
6. Ask For Quotes
In the fifth step, you may find some contractors who don’t have proper legal documents. Sort out them from your list.
The contractors who have proper legal documents, ask them for quotes. Give them detailed drawings and project specifications which you made ready in step 1 and step 2.
7. Check Out The Contractors’ Previous Project
In the previous step, you’ll get quotes from contractors.
Some quotes will be high and some will be low.
Too high and too low rate indicate that the contractors either didn’t understand the drawings and specifications or they don’t have experiences.
So, you need to keep quotes with reasonable rate.
In this step, you need to work with the contractors who gave you reasonable rates.
Check their previous projects to know about their work quality. Do the followings –
- Visit projects the contractors worked on
- Talk with project in-charge of those projects to know about contractors, their work quality and service quality.
- Try to know if they capable to provide enough manpower.
- Check if they completed the project on time.
8. Interview Contractors Finally
In the previous step, you’ll find some contractors who are really capable to complete your project.
In this step you’ll select the contractor to hire.
Sit with them and take interview one by one.
You may not need to interview all of them. It’s possible that you’ll find your desired contractor in the first interview. While interviewing get the following things –
- Ask their bank statement to check financial status.
- Discuss how they’ll charge for extra works.
- Ask about the timeline to complete the project.
9. Make Contract
You’ve already chosen the contractor to hire.
In this step, you just need to make a contract with him.
Make the contract as details as possible. Otherwise, you’ll have problems to handle the contractor later.
Read More: How to make a construction contract?
We often need to hire contractors for our projects. It’s not a difficult task. You just need to follow the steps I outlined in this post.
One thing I should say here is that while hiring contractor, don’t let the money be a factor. A good contractor may demand a higher rate. But he’ll complete the project on time without giving you much stress.
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