It’s always wise to get at least three estimates to ensure that you find the Architect or Engineer that best fits your job while at the same time getting a fair price. We’re here to help you negotiate a better deal and give you the peace of mind that comes from working with pre-screened*, licensed and bonded contractors.
Tips for hiring a General Contractor
To protect yourself — and your money — here are some tips to ensure that your quest to find a general contractor goes smoothly.
Tip 1 – Brainstorm for Ideas
Gather your ideas. Be ready to offer as much detail about your preferences as possible. For inspiration, print, copy or tear out images from Architectural websites, magazines and books.
Tip 2 – Use 3 Free Bids
Why not get 3 free estimates from pre-screened*, licensed and bonded contractors? Just tell us a little about your project and will have qualified contractors contact you.
Tip 3 – Don’t choose the cheapest price
Consider skill and experience over a cheaper hourly rate. Having an inexperienced, inexpensive contractor who doesn’t do the job properly can require you to have another contractor out to fix his mess. Avoid those mistakes by hiring quality first.
Questions to ask prospective Architect or Engineer contractors
Can I see your plan?
What’s your guarantee?
How long have you been in the business?
How many projects like mine have you completed?
Who will be working on the project?
Are the workers employees or subcontractors?
Can you provide me with references?
Are you and your employees licensed and insured?
How do you charge, and what does that include?
Can you provide me a written estimate?
When can this job get done?
What happens when cost exceeds the budget? What about changes to materials or labor pricing?