Planning the construction of a new home or the renovation of an existing one can be very exciting time for property owners. However, most people do not possess the skills necessary to actually do the work and see the project through to completion. This is where hiring the most qualified and professional Portland builder is essential. In order to choose the best person for the job, customers need to consider these guidelines.
Perhaps the first thing to note about a building contractor is their presentation. One should expect that the contractor is operating a serious business and will act accordingly by being punctual for appointments, demonstrating a high level of organization, being always willing to clearly answer any questions the customer may have, and keeping their word.
Excellent communications skills are also vital to a building contractor’s success. They need to be adept at listening to their customers ideas and then follow through by helping them translate these wishes into a workable plan that will make them a reality. It’s important that the customer and builder establish a good rapport between them, as communication will need to be ongoing throughout the duration of the project.
It’s also critical that a particular contractor have acquired an extensive level of skill and experience with the type of building work the customer want to get done. Builders may specialize in either new constructions or in certain kinds of renovations, which the customer must inquire about and furthermore they should ask to see a portfolio of their past work and for referrals from these clients.
After establishing a list of potential contractors and talking briefly with each one on the phone, it will next be necessary to set up an interview with them. The interview is the best way for a customer to get a clear picture of what each builder has to offer them in terms of expertise, ideas, and trustworthiness. It’s a question and answer time which is integral when it comes to making the final decision of who to hire.
Generally, it’s a good idea for the property owner to meet with about three contractors. Anyone the customer does not feel comfortable with should be crossed off the list and others considered instead. It’s important that the client’s questions be answered sufficiently and that he or she has confidence in the contractor.
References are a must and need to be checked out. A professional builder who is proud of his work should not hesitate to provide prospective clients with a list of previous customers they can contact. These past projects should be similar to that which the customer is planning to have done. Actually calling the references and discussing their experience working with the builder is very important and should not be overlooked.
Finally each contractor will need to devise and present the clients with a quote based on the specifications they have provided. Once the quotes are obtained from every contractor, the customer will need to review all aspects of each one and also take into account the impression that each builder made on him or her during the interview, and the best man for the job should stand out amongst the others.