What should I consider when selecting a builder?

Choosing a builder should be about more than just choosing the lowest bid. A construction company should be able to offer its customers more than just a low bid but also efficient production, quality materials, quality construction and safety. Before you agree to allow a builder to perform work, you should carefully check the company and get warranties in writing.

There are two general types of construction that a builder is employed to perform. The first is commercial construction and these contractors can carry out all aspects of construction or may only carry out specialized work such as concrete or roofing.

Although not all main contractors are members, those who provide specific information about their business that the public can see. Similarly, as with the Better Business Bureau, customers can file complaints against members.

The other type of building contractor is one that performs housing construction. Home builders in North America are often part of a society called the National Association of Home Builders. Similar organizations and associations are also found in other countries, such as the Canadian Construction Association (CHBA). Again, members of a nationally recognized association are required to share company information for membership. These associations also provide information to the public that helps consumers choose a builder.

Just because a builder does not belong to an association does not mean they are unqualified, but keep with caution. Smaller companies often choose to distance themselves with some organizations either because of political views or contract labor and some simply choose not to pay the membership fee. Any builder you consider should be a member of the Better Business Bureau if not another organization, though. Avoid entrepreneurs who have no apparent history, so many construction fraud has been carried out on no detrimental homeowners.

You should receive at least three bids, or estimates, for the work you are hiring. In all likelihood, the commandments will be very close in the crowd. Go carefully if you are much lower than the other two and be prepared to ask questions. You want to be sure that you are protected from extended end dates and unfinished work. You should also ask how much, if any, of the work will be performed by subcontractors. Subcontractors are not taboo in any way, but some companies are unable to effectively coordinate and manage them.

Remember, even if you do not need to hire an entrepreneur who is a member of a recognized association, you can have an easier time defending your rights as a consumer if you do. In the end, you want to hire a builder with a stable business record, a competitive bid, and an ability to guarantee their work will be completed in a timely and efficient manner. In addition, they should offer a guarantee on both their crafts and building materials.