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Choosing your contractor 

What you should consider ?

Even a simple construction project can become a frustrating experience if you fail to choose the right building contractor for the job. The following items should be considered when deciding who to hire to perform your building project:

  1. Integrity and a good working relationship. Don’t depend on an airtight contract for a problem-free project. Your contractor should be someone with a good track record of integrity and who is able to maintain a close, solid relationship with the client through the proposal, planning and construction stages. It should be a contractor that you would be willing to hire on a “handshake” agreement. Trust is vital.                                                         

  2. Referrals and references. Most contractors will provide references from past clients and architects with whom they’ve worked. It is very important to contact those references to understand the type of firm and people you are considering for your project. Do they have a long list of repeat clients? What is the builder’s reputation on service issues after the project is completed and the final payment has been made? Are they a firm that is determined to earn their clients’ referrals?                                                                                

  3. Consider experience. Not only how long a contractor has been in business, but the type of work they normally do. For example, it probably wouldn’t make sense to hire a contractor to build a High Energy Efficient home if their only experience is agricultural building or if they have never tackled this type or scale of project before.                                                                                

  4. Financial stability. Does the contractor have the financial strength to “weather the storm?” Check financial references like their bank and bonding companies. Obtain a certificate of insurance to ensure they are properly insured. You want to be certain you hire a contractor that will be around long after the project is complete. M.Y Eco Construction has a solid reputation with all vendors and continuously uses the same Sub contractors.                                                                                                        

  5. Payment process. Find out what process they use for paying their subcontractors and vendors. How do they ensure the project owner that payments are being made and protect the owner from potential liens on the property? Ask around, as a contractor who habitually pays its vendors late will have that reputation.                                                                            

  6. Sustainability and energy efficiency. You may not necessarily be interested in building a LEED-certified green building, but most clients want to know that their building will be energy efficient, given the rising cost of energy. What is your builder’s experience in sustainable construction? Do they have a LEED Accredited Professional on staff?                                                                     

  7. Budget and schedule compliance. Find out what the building contractor’s track record is when it comes to staying within the building owner’s budget. A cheap price up front will do you no good if you are constantly hit with change orders to get what you really want, resulting in a project that goes over your budget. Also, ask how well the contractor does in getting projects completed on time. Remember the old saying, “Time is money.”                                            

Those of us in the construction industry understand the competitive nature of our business. However, price shouldn’t be your only consideration, especially if you want to avoid problems down the road. M.Y Eco Construction has put the right team and the best processes in place to guarantee you that your next building project will be a low stress, and most importantly an enjoyable experience. 

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