Choosing the Right Contractor
Updated: Aug 21, 2019
When beginning your journey, it is so important to move forward with the right contractor. Your contractor should be with you every step of the way, communicate effectively and more importantly, do quality work. Here are some tips below.
Owners can look to the California State License Board to check the contractor's license. You want to make sure their license is current and active.
Another great way to check up on a potential contractor is to check their online presence, look up reviews/testimonials, and the most effective is to get references. Follow up on those references, they can share their personal experience with the contractor and you can't get more accurate than that.
Be sure their contract is clear and concise, if you are unsure of anything, ask questions! Get multiple bids (three is recommended). BEWARE of the lowest bidder. Sometimes the lowest bidder isn't necessarily the best choice. In some cases, going with the lowest bidder can end up costing you more money in the long run. There have been many instances we were not awarded the job and the client went with a lower bidder. Later on during the course of their project, the client has called us to fix what the previous contractor had done or they could not fulfill their contract or promises. Sometimes this ends up costing the client more money because work already paid for needs to be remediated. So that's like paying double to do the job!!
Beware of significant differences in price, make sure you are comparing apples for apples (scope for scope). To be quite honest, we are not the cheapest. However, we can assure what we quote is what you pay (no hidden costs) and you will get quality work. Most importantly, you are paying for our knowledge and experience.
Most importantly, you need to feel comfortable and confident with the contractor you choose. Choosing the right contractor can make or break your construction journey, so save the sleepless nights and start your project with the right contractor. We hope we can be that contractor for you!