Have you ever done a project and when it was all done you thought to yourself, “ I should of done this a little different”? If you would have only thought of that before you would of saved time, money or not had to do something over. This is common and frustrating. We see it daily. We see the frustration people go through when they have to do things over or rip out an old area that was done the wrong way. The most common reasons for this, is the lack of planning and short cuts.
The best way to avoid this headache is to do your homework. Spend the time up front to find the right contractor not how to save money. The right contractor may be more up front but will save you time and thousands in the long run. Don’t spend time trying to find a bunch of different subcontractors and try to manage the job yourself. This is the best way to cost yourself money and waste tons of time. The right contractor will be able to help you plan out your project and take you from start to finish building it. This is their specialty and what they do daily. You don’t! Leave this to the professionals. Trust me!
So now you have let go. You are going to trust the system and commit to finding the right contractor to create your perfect outdoor space that will last the test of time. What do you do? Below is a list of necessary things that must be checked off to qualify as the right contractor.
What to look for:
Do you like their style: If you see numerous examples of their work and it doesn’t scream “Awesome”, skip to the next candidate.
Quality: You would be amazed at how many people skip this one or overlook it and focus on the numbers. Put the contractor through the Pepsi challenge. Look at a ton of their work and references. Look at recent jobs and past jobs and determine if the work will last the test of time.
Planning: Do they have the design capabilities to give you a well thought out plan to work from for years to come? Do not skip this one. It is so important to have a plan!
Experience: If you want a large scale project done, look for years of experience. Over 5 years is a must and preferably over 10. It takes companies years to manage themselves let alone how to manage your project.
License and Insurance: These are musts. Most projects need permitting and accidents can and will happen. If you hire a contractor without insurance, it is gambling and you will eventually get burned.
Turnkey- Find a contractor that can handle all or most of the details themselves. You don’t want to be trying to coordinate anything yourself. It causes issues and will cost you money in the long run.
Proximity: Contractor should be local. Within an hour of your home. This helps with future service calls.
Quantity: You want a contractor that can show you jobs that are similar to your own. You don’t want to be the “Ginny Pig”.
Making a large investment into your home is exciting and nerve-racking at the same time, but when you take the time up front to hire the right company, the nerves turn to utter excitement because you know now that all you need to do is sit back and wait to enjoy!