3 Questions To Ask Your General Contractor During The Interview Process

Construction & Contractors Blog

Choosing the right contractor to build your home is a major decision. Not only will it determine the final look and price of your home, but it could also be the difference between a positive experience and negative experience. This is why it is so important that before you hire someone to build your home that you go through an interview process. Here are some questions to ask during that interview.

1. Is This An Estimate Or The Final Cost?

When you meet with each contractor, you can tell them what you are looking for in a house. You can go through each room, or just give them a general idea. The contractor will then go through and give you a bid of what they would charge you to build your house. This bid will include labor, materials and hopefully the final price of the house.

When you get this bid it is important that you ask if it is a final set price, or if this is an estimated cost. Some custom builders won't give you the final price until completion, where others will stick to their original price. If you are getting a mortgage, or have a strict budget you need to be sure you are sure about pricing.

2. Can You Give Me An Itemized Bid?

Another important part of the process is determining how much you are spending on each thing. It is important that the contractor is willing to give you an itemized bid. There should be a price next to each material, how much extra cost in labor and any extra things they are charging. This will help you see where your money is going and what you are actually paying for. It can also help you know where you can cut costs if you need to decrease the price of the home.

3. Can I Meet The Foreman?

When you hire the contractor you are hiring the manager, but they generally won't do the day-to-day work. Instead, this is the foreman. This means that you will be working with the foreman each day. This is why it is vital that you meet the foreman before you hire any contractor. If you can't communicate well with the foreman, or if you don't like them, it could make for a miserable couple months while you build your home.

These are just a couple things you need to ask the contractor before you hire them. Contact a local contractor, like ULF & Associates, LLC, for more help.

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