A list of questions to ask the contractor

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Here is a list of questions you will want to consider while meeting with a contractor for the first time:

  • How long have you been building in the area?
  • How much experience do you have building a project like mine?
  • Who will be supervising the project?
  • Do you have a super-intendent?
  • How do you like to price out a job; cost-plus or firm bid?
  • What is your strengths?
  • What suppliers do you use?
  • How do I communicate with you?
  • How will I know when I need to make decisions?
  • How hands on are you?
  • What work will your employees be doing?
  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • Can I talk to some of your past clients?
  • Do you have a warranty plan?
  • How long will this project take to complete?

Square foot pricing isn’t something we include on our list, primarily due to the fact there are far too many variables that come into pricing, including personal taste and styles. When a customer is looking to build a spec home, per square foot pricing is more direct and easier to bid, however, building a custom home is quite different. On a smaller scale, building a truck can be somewhat comparable. When looking at a truck you will see the starting base price, meaning basic components, with very few upgrades. As you begin to add various components, gadgets and gizmos, the quality and overall value of your truck will increase. The same applies when building a home. Materials start at builder grade; considered to be the cheaper and lesser quality, to the higher grade materials, which is where the true quality and value will be demonstrated throughout the lifetime of your home. At Robert A. Bulloch Construction Inc., we strive to deliver a quality home by offering the best in materials right from the start. We make every effort to build your home the way we would build our homes, providing attention to detail, customer service and careful consideration to the home owner and home itself.

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