Hiring the right building contractor for your house construction can transform the entire experience. In this blog, I will discuss the 10 most important questions to ask before hiring a building contractor. Choosing the right contractor is critical because it will affect the project’s quality of work, budget, and timeline.
The following blog will go into greater detail on the aforementioned topics. You can also skip to a specific topic by clicking on it, but we recommend that you read the entire blog to learn about all of the important questions to ask before hiring a building contractor.
Important questions to ask before hiring a building contractor
1. Systematic construction process
A good professional building contractor will take a methodical approach. He must first record all of your specifications and design the second floor plan.
After you approve the design, he must create the 3D interior and 3D elevation.
Designing your home gives you a clear picture of how your home will look and how much space you will have in each room, among other things. At this point, you can change the design and it will not cost you anything extra.
2. Soil testing and structural designing
Once the design has been completed and approved by the customer, the building contractor should conduct soil testing in the plot before moving on to structural design.
When we look at the soil on your plot, we only know what type of soil it is (red soil or clay soil), but we don’t know the soil bearing capacity or the rock base (the foundation should be laid till the rock base), or what type of foundation to use. If the soil is weak, a pile foundation must be laid; otherwise, footings can be used.
Only by conducting soil testing will you be able to learn all of these details. The following step is structural design.
All of these details can be found in structural drawings:
- The number of beams
Count of columns
- The foundation’s depth Dimensions of the foundation
- Dimensions of the beam and column
- The number of rods, for example.
- If a building contractor does not take this step, he will build your house on assumptions and may reduce the size of the beam, columns, or number of rods, or he may use normal footing instead of pile foundation to reduce construction costs. If this is done, the structure of the building will be compromised.
It is critical to select a building contractor who adheres to this process.
3. In-house architect team
Inquire with the building contractor whether they have an in-house architect team. This is an important question to ask before hiring a construction company. If they have an architect team, that’s great; you can tell them your specifications and get the design.
However, if they do not have an in-house architect team, you must find one, design it, and then provide it to the building contractor to begin construction. This will take some time. Choosing a construction company with an in-house architect team will save you time.
4. Cost per sq.ft
The next crucial question to ask a building contractor before hiring them is how much they charge per square foot. For example, if they say Rs.1700/- per sq.ft., inquire as to what is included and excluded from this price.
Normally, foundation, electrical, plumbing, painting, doors, windows, and so on are included in this cost, but most building contractors charge extra for sump, septic tank, and compound wall because these items vary from building to building.
5. Detailed material specifications
Request detailed material specifications for the per square foot price they mentioned earlier. They should provide material specifications that include the brand of the material used, the type of material used, and so on.
They may claim to provide teak doors for the main door and flush doors for the bedroom door. You might want teak doors in your bedroom as well. Inquire with the building contractor if you can change the specifications. If so, inquire about the price difference.
6. Who will supervise the project and how do they ensure quality
The next question you should ask the building contractor is who will be supervising the project and how frequently it will be supervised if you hire him. Specifically, how many times he will visit the site.
Inquire about how they monitor construction quality and how they ensure that construction is completed on time.
7. Material safety
Materials will be stored in a small hut near the construction site while it is being built. The building contractor should be in charge of these materials; if someone steals them, the building contractor should bear full responsibility.
Before you go any further, confirm these details with him. This way, you can avoid a squabble once the project begins. This is an important question to ask before hiring a construction company.
8. Payment schedule
The payment schedule for your project is the next critical question you should ask the building contractor. How many stages of payment will there be from the start of the project to the end of the project, and what percentage will he require for each stage of payment? This will greatly assist you in planning your financial needs at each stage of the project.
9. Time delays
Inquire with the building contractor about the time it will take to complete your project. Also, inquire as to how much of a delay is anticipated, as well as the possible causes of the delay.
10. No of years experience
Inquire with the building contractor about his experience in the construction industry. Inquire about his educational background as well. Visit his previous projects to get a sense of the quality of construction.
To get a clear picture, you can also ask previous customers for feedback on the building contractor and the construction.
After you’ve answered all of these questions, make sure you and the building contractor sign a construction agreement. This should include all of the details such as the floor plan, material specifications, payment stages, percentage of payment in each stage, and so on. I hope this helps!!
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