January, 4 By Chandlee
Choosing a general contractor can be a task. Atlanta has many qualified contractors that do jobs ranging from major commercial construction to residential renovations. If you are looking for the “right” contractor, take your time in your research. Choosing the wrong person could leave you will empty pockets and a construction nightmare, but the “right” contractor will leave you satisfied every time. Before you start your next home or business project, take these three easy steps to build a happy, lasting relationship with your contractor.
1- Ask questions
When you are interviewing potential contractors, be sure to ask for references. Check at least half a dozen references on every contractor before you make a final decision. How long have they been in business? Ask what kind of insurance the contractor carries and ask permission to verify it. Make sure to ask if he has done business under another name or in another state. If so, find out why and check out both business names with the Better Business Bureau. Make sure that the contractor carries worker’s compensation insurance.
2- Communicate your desires clearly
When you show your proposed project to contractors, be sure to give them a clear picture of your budget and the job that you want done. If the contractor’s quote doesn’t line up with your budget, then be honest about the difference. Try to negotiate a price that works for both of you or move on to another contractor. How long does the contractor propose the project to take? Present your time frame clearly and ask him if he has an alternate plan to keep work on schedule during bad weather for example. As you communicate your needs to the contractor, be sure to take time to listen to his suggestions as well. If the contractor is credible, he will have some great advice to share with you. Respect his opinion and he will be more likely to respect your wishes for quick timing and a strict budget.
3- Respect and appreciation
Once you have found a “Right” general contractor, be sure to thank him appropriately for a job well done. Ask him for a few business cards and offer to pass them along to friends. Another nice gesture is to provide a written letter of recommendation that he can pass along to future clients. Good general contractors can be hard to find, but there are some great ones.
Chandlee and Sons Construction works diligently to provide clients the best advice and pricing in the Atlanta Metro market. Whether it’s a home renovation or a commercial project Chandlee and Sons goes the extra distance to provide excellent customer service and craftsmanship.