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How to Choose a Contractor

Choosing the right contractor can make all the difference between a happy experience and a complete headache. Styles, personalities, specialities, can all make a difference but here are a few suggestions that should help you with any contractor you work with.

  • Plan for Success:

    Discuss your project with a number of different contractors to determine which one will provide the features and services you are looking for. Simply choosing the lowest bid can lead to problems later in the project, including a contractor that misunderstood the scope of work or plans to cut corners.

  • Get an Estimate:

    The estimate should list product, material, and labor costs and a timetable. Material and product allowances should give prices and quantities. Compare services and prices before making a final decision.

  • Get References:

    Obtain references from recent and older jobs. Reputable contractors will be happy to provide names and contact information for satisfied customers. Then check the work to see how it’s holding up.

  • Call Local Vendors:

    Find out names of local business that furnish construction supplies. From lumber to concrete, call at least two or three and find out if your contractor pays his bills on time. Check the Better Business Bureau for filed complaints.

  • Call State Licensing Board:

    Many contractors claim to be excellent. You should call the state licensing board to see if your contractor has ever been in trouble. NC Licensing Board 919-571-4189 - Susan Dixon.

  • Verify your contractor online

    Use resources like contractorcheck.com to make sure your contractors license is up-to-date.

  • Get a contract:

    A written contract will specify what will be done to complete the job, associated costs, and the payment schedule. Never sign a blank contract or one with blank spaces.

  • Stick with plans:

    Making changes to plans after work begins could lead to cost overruns and delays.

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If JCM Custom Homes seems like the right contractor for you, give us a call at (828) 217-3862 or fill out our Get Started form. We look forward to working with you.