When you need a building contractor, how do you go about selecting the right one?
A lot of people will use the building contractor they used last time, or the one family or friends tell them about, even if they didn’t like them that much, because they don’t know what else to do. It’s true that the evil you don’t know is scarier than the one you do know, but that’s no way to choose a building contractor.
Another popular way of narrowing down the field of building contractors is by looking on Yelp or other similar websites. This may help you rule out some disreputable building contractors, but it doesn’t really match you with the best one for you.
The Start of a Beautiful Friendship
The truth is, the relationship between building contractor and client is just that — a relationship. There has to be trust, respect and if not love, then a healthy dose of fondness!
The best way to get your perfect match is not all that different than the process to find a life partner. Start by looking online. Look at various building contractors’ websites. Do you like what you see? Rule out the ones that don’t appeal to you.
Look at pictures of their work while you’re on there as well. Try to match your style to your potential building contractor’s style. Don’t choose a company that’s country if you’re a little bit rock ’n’ roll.
Go Face to Face with Potential Building Contractors
Once you’ve done this superficial work, it’s time for an in-person meeting. It’s not at a local bar though, like a meeting you’d schedule on Tinder. Many contractors will send a representative to your home for your first meeting. This is helpful because they can see what work you need done and offer suggestions and recommendations.
But be sure to set up a meeting in the contractor’s office as well. This can be quite telling. Notice what the surroundings look like. Is it little more than a trailer with a few computers, or is it a full-fledged office? Is it modern and attractive?
Your potential building contractor’s office is an example of their work. If it looks cheap, shabby or like it was put up overnight, this is not a good sign.
Also notice if it’s tidy. If no one ever empties the trash, and stacks of paper are piled up everywhere, you know that this is the contractor who is going to be late finishing your project because they can’t find anything and haven’t remembered to order the right products in time.
Like a Good Neighbor, Your Building Contractor is There
Your building contractor should also keep in touch with you without hounding you. If you have had a meeting, a representative should call you within a week to see if you have any questions or if you’d like to set up another meeting. If your contractor doesn’t call you back during the courting stage, you sure aren’t going to hear from them later.
But they should also not hound you like a cable company who wants you to switch providers. Respectable building contractors are professionals.
Falk Construction of Ogden, Utah, is a family-owned business, so our reputation means a great deal to us. We can’t do shoddy work, pull up stakes and set up our operation in another city. We have to consistently do good, honest work, and that’s how we’ve flourished for more than 30 years.
We handle all permitting; we’re fully licensed, bonded and insured; and we handle all aspects of the job from beginning to end.
If you want to work with a trustworthy, responsible, skilled team of building contractors, call Falk Construction today.