What to Expect From Your Contractor

Construction projects are seldom stress-free, however, knowing what to expect from your contractor helps. The first thing to know is there may be glitches. Weather holds up the job, special orders don’t arrive on time, a wall that is removed may cover unforeseen damage that adds to the cost of the work. A contractor can’t avoid the unexpected, but it is easier when you know what to expect from him, and as a team you can work through the rest.

  • Expect your contractor upon request to show proof of a business license, liability insurance, Workers’ Compensation and references from previous and present customers.
  • Expect your contractor to be available to meet 2-3 times ahead of a major renovation to get the details in writing.
  • Expect your contractor to show up on time for meetings, take time to answer questions/listen to your concerns and to call back or answer emails within 24 to 48 hours especially once the job is underway.
  • Expect your contractor to know what permits need to be pulled and to start the process in a timely manner. Otherwise, this may prolong a job. The same is true for architectural/engineered drawings that you may be required to have depending on the job.
  • Expect an itemized contract upon request, pricing out materials and labor. Keep in mind, if you add to your to-do list, choose pricier materials or ask for changes beyond the agreement, the cost of the job will increase.
  • Expect your contractor to give you a deadline when the job will be completed and to update you immediately if there are holdups. If you request extra projects, this prolongs the completion date.
  • Expect updates as the job progresses.
  • Expect your contractor to let you know if unexpected costs arise before he goes ahead with the job.
  • Expectyour contractor to be upfront instead of telling you what you want to hear. If he says he can start tomorrow, finish a major renovation in three weeks and for the price you set, you may want to question if the deal sounds too good to be true.

If you’re looking for a contractor, call SCI – Southern Coast Improvements at 843-421-9255.



March 13th, 2012  in Contractor Who? Why? Expect What? Comments Off

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