Finding a contractor is tough business. There’s so much you have to consider in order to choose the right one. And even if you do find someone you are confident with, you still need to wait and see if their work is up to your standards. This can be a long and anxious wait, but there are several things you can spot early on which tell you that you are working with the right person or company.
Here are five simple signs:
- They carry a solid reputation and experience.
Reputation can make or break a contractor. Sometimes, a great reputation is enough to win over customers or new clients. Contractors that come highly recommended from trusted friends or family members are often reliable. Building contractors in Adelaide or close to your area that are willing to provide a list of reputable references that you can contact also serve as a good sign.
- They are fully licensed and willing to process all the necessary paperwork for the job.
It’s a good idea to make sure that a business contractor has the proper license to operate their business. A reliable professional will have no qualms about showing you their credentials. Even for simple jobs like home extensions in Adelaide or anywhere in your area; they should also be willing to procure the necessary permits or paperwork before even thinking about the job.
- They have a great portfolio that showcases excellent workmanship.
Never pick a contractor whose work you dislike. It’s crucial that you love their work before they start on your property. Ask for a portfolio; a reliable professional will offer one. They might even go the distance and drive you to previous projects they have worked on so you can see them for yourself.
If you have the opportunity to do the latter, scrutinise their work and make sure you are happy with the craftsmanship. Ensuring you are satisfied with their portfolio will save you from shoddy work and potential headaches later on.
- They are deadline oriented and have a clear contract outlining their scope of work.
Timelines are crucial. The longer it takes to finish the work, the higher the amount you’ll need to pay. A reputable business contractor ensures proper estimates and deadlines are given at the start of the project. This includes estimates for the budget, the scope of the work and detailed projected completion dates. Particulars about the job which you can expect him to complete should also be included. This way, there’s no room for second guessing about what is covered by the payment and project.
At times, it’s inevitable that something unexpected happens, but this shouldn’t completely derail the job or cause a massive increase in budget.
- They offer a reasonable price for the quality of work they provide.
Prices and estimates will differ depending on the scope of the project, but reputable contractors will offer a fair price for the scope of the work and their skillset. Good contractors know what they are worth and can back up their rates with quality. As the client, it’s important to do your research first.
A few other tips to note about paying. If possible, ask if you could pay the supplier straightaway instead of handing a huge sum directly to the contractor. You might also want to pay incrementally. Plot out milestone payments, or every time a certain portion of the job is finished, according to your satisfaction. If there are any errors or changes, always place it in writing instead of agreeing to a verbal contract.
From simple repairs to complete home renovations in Adelaide or wherever you might be, these signs are true across the board. When hiring a building professional, keep these signs in mind.
If you are looking for help in the construction, development and maintenance of any of your homes or buildings in the Adelaide area, JML Developments is your best bet.
We offer more than 20 years’ worth of experience in the industry and specialise in work near and around Adelaide. Our team is ready to assist you with various projects. We always tailor our work according to your needs and specifications. Plus, we make sure to deliver a high quality finish each and every single time.
Ready to take the next step? Call our Project Manager, Jamie, at (04) 24 36 9773. You can also fill out our contact form. Let us know how we can help you.