Tips for hiring a building contractor

8 September 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Hiring a contractor is a great way to ensure your building project runs smoothly. It is the contractor's job to assist with project management issues and sub-contract various tradesmen, such as electricians, plasterers, concrete layers and plumbers to carry out the work that needs to be done. However, it is important to do your due diligence and choose the right contractor for the job; after all, their performance will determine how well your building project goes. Read on for some tips on how to go about finding the best building contractor.

Don't be tempted by the cheapest offer

It's a widely-known fact that construction projects can be enormously expensive; because of this, you might be tempted to hire the contractor that offers you the cheapest quote. However, whilst your budget must of course be taken into consideration during the hiring process, it is generally unwise to base your decision entirely on this factor.

There could be several problematic reasons for a contractor offering an unusually low quote; they may be underestimating or miscalculating the expenses involved, in which case you might be in for quite an unpleasant shock later down the line when unexpected bills arrive, or they might be willing to cut corners to keep costs down; the latter could result in your project being carried out to a lower standard than you would have liked. As such, it is often better to opt for a slightly more expensive contractor, rather than going for the cheapest one you can find.

Hire the contractor with the most relevant professional background

It goes without saying that you should choose someone who has several years of experience in the construction industry. However, it is equally important to check that they are experienced in handling the exact type of construction project you intend to carry out.

For example, virtually all building contractors will have worked on properties made from modern forms of concrete. If however, you plan to restore an older building which was constructed from traditional reinforced concrete (a type often favoured by builders during the 19th and early 20th century), it would be best to choose a contractor who has extensive experience in dealing with reinforced concrete repairs.

They will have a thorough understanding of the type of deterioration that occurs with this specific form of concrete and are therefore likely to do a better job at handling the restoration work. When you find one who has the kind of background you require, ask them to show you examples of their previous projects. This will give you some insight into the extent of their experience and the quality of their work.