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Who are you hiring for your Construction?
Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 • Posted February 16, 2010

When you get ready to start a construction project, where do you start? Do you know anything about the Contractor/Builder? What is their primary Business? How long have they been doing this type of work? Do they have references? Will they give you a guarantee – and if so, what kind of guarantee? Protect yourself and your future by asking these types of questions or performing some research.

In starting a construction project, where do you find a Full Time Contractor / Builder? Check out your local Newspaper & Chamber of Commerce(or in a big city – check out the phone books). Their business should be recorded in one of these areas. Having some knowledge of construction, does mean you can build anything. Would you hire a roofer, plumber, or another trade to build your complete home or other structure? The same thing goes for computers. If you are familiar with designing software, doesn’t mean you can build a computer itself. There is a lot of knowledge necessary for building a home, commercial structure, or undertaking remodels.

What is their primary business? Are you hiring someone that does construction for a living and has an established construction company? Or, are you hiring someone that does construction when their business is slow? What does construction really mean? It depends on your construction project for the true meaning. There are plenty of Handy Type people that are great for those simple fix it projects, if that is what you are looking for. There are Electricians to do electrical work, plumbers, landscapers, etc. that specialize in their fields. But if you need the full house built or remodel done – go with a Full Time Builder!!

How long has this company been doing this type of work and do they have references? Check out this builder before you hire them. Ask for references, check out their website, and look at some of their work. Do they even have a business card indicating they are a builder? Another thing, a full time builder will ask you plenty of questions prior to giving you a bid. If not, look out, this is when you might get hit with all those additional charges. Get three bids and compare. Did the low one include the demo for the remodel? Did the high one include the paying a referral for getting the job? These are just a couple things that can happen when you don’t ask questions.

Do you get a Guarantee for the work? Always ask about the guarantee you will get on your construction project. What materials are being used is another thing to ask for. Materials used could help you in the future if you want to match paints, woods, etc.

Bottom Line – Protect yourself. Get what you are paying for. You can never ask enough questions to know exactly what you are getting.

For all your real estate and building needs or questions, call Debbie at 713-818-6658 or 830-833-4249 / debbie@vallonerealestate.net .

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