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Building Your Dream Home: Top 6 Tips for Finding the Right Construction Company 

06-25-2015 07:02

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A beautiful country home sitting on a secluded land, tucked away in a thicket of trees; a home where you could spend your summers relaxing on the deck and winters snowshoeing the woodland trails – sounds blissful, doesn’t it? We all want that perfect house, one we can call a dream home. This dream, however, can become a reality.

Choosing the right construction company plays a pivotal role in accomplishing your dream home project. Creating it is a journey of discovering what you want in a home, how you want to live, and where you want it to be. You want to ensure that each aspect of this project be seamless.
A good construction company can help you with a lot of things including site plans, zoning issues, necessary testing, subcontractors, engineering services, architectural services, financing, as well as other things necessary to accomplish your dream.

Here are the top six tips for choosing the right one.

1. Get a Clear Picture through References

First things first, you need to find a construction company that holds excellent reputation in the construction industry. Get a list of client references to get a clear idea about the kind of reputation that the company holds.

The past work of a construction company speaks volumes about them. These projects will tell you about the level of expertise as well as the kind of experience the company has. Additionally, you will also gain insight regarding the kind of customer service the company provides.

Once you have the list of references ready, make sure to contact them and enquire about the cost of the job done, extra time taken, the overall experience, the blunders (if any) committed by the company, and most importantly, whether or not the company met their expectations.

2. Research Plays a Key Role

Thorough research is a must when looking for a high-rated construction company. On the basis of this research, you will be able to whittle down your list of construction companies to two or three prospective ones.

When choosing the right construction company, word of mouth plays an immense role. Talking to your friends, family and colleagues will help you get a clear idea of the reliable and reputed construction companies.

Online search will help you go through the testimonials made by the construction company's past clients. The best way to find a reputed company online is by entering the nature of the service required and your location in the search engine. For instance, if you are looking for a home/office in Alaska, you can simply enter residential and commercial construction companies Alaska. This will provide you with an exhaustive list. Choose the one that fits your needs perfectly.

3. Check the Credentials

Checking whether or not the construction company you have hired is honest and suited to your needs is very important. Make sure to check the licenses and insurance policies of the construction company that you are planning to select.

These credentials demonstrate the company’s credibility and knowledge. A license is a proof of the fact that your company knows the various processes and building codes. Checking these will help minimize the risk of you getting ripped off.

4. Get into the Specifics and Get Everything in Writing

Get into the details and ensure that you have answers to the following questions:
• What sort of building materials will the company use?
• Is the company capable enough of taking care of changes at the last minute?
• Does it have good contacts with financial institutions and banks?
• Does it carry out the type of work that you require?
• How long has it been in business?
• Has it ever been charged with any fraudulent practice?
• What are the company’s payment requirements?

Besides getting the questions rightfully answered by the company, you must also ensure that you get all the aspects of the agreement in writing. A written contract is your legal protection and is very important. Underestimating its importance may create trouble for you later. Remember, if the end result is shoddy, there’s nothing much you can do about it if you don’t have a written contract.

You need to make sure that all the aspects of the project such as scope of work, project description, material usage, payment schedule, project commencement and completion dates, guarantee of work, and notice for cancellation are mentioned to you in writing.

5. Know How the Company Handles Communication

An important aspect to look for when finding the right construction company is how effectively it handles communication with their customers.

• Does the company return your call promptly?
• Does the company staff effectively handle all your inquiries?
• Is the staff quickly available when you need their service?
• Is the information provided by the company clear and accurate?
• Is the staff sincere in its attempt to solve the problems?

If the answer to any of the above questions is in the negative, you should reconsider the particular construction company. The communication lines between you and the prospective company should be open at all times. Communication is significant in setting things straight. Being clear about all the matters beforehand will ensure that there are no misunderstandings later.

6. Watch What You Are Getting for the Price Quoted

Remember, a professional and reputed construction company will give you accurate pricing and an honest timeframe for the completion of the project from the beginning. If the price put forth by the company sounds too be good to be true, chances are that the offer is not legitimate. This may land you in serious legal or financial problems later.

If you have received a surprisingly low quote for your project, it is likely that the company may use faulty practices, low-quality materials, and/or shortcuts to finish the job quickly or not pay attention to the details of the project.

Never fall prey to the claims of a construction company that provides surprisingly low bids. In such scenarios, your expectations are less likely to be met and the project is likely to fail.

Conclusion

The U.S. is home to a plethora of construction companies and that can make it difficult to choose the right one. But, by keeping the above mentioned tips in mind, you will find the construction company for fulfilling your needs and taking you closer to your dream-house project. Be diligent when choosing an expert company and you will be able to keep all troubles at bay.

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