Hiring the right contractor for your Grand Lake area project is that thing that just always feels like a bit of dice roll.
You’ve done your research, gotten recommendations from friends, gotten at least 3 bids (you did get 3 bids, didn’t you), and even checked references.
But there is always that hesitation right before you write that first check or sign that contract.
Why is that?
Because it boils down to this… no matter how much homework and checking you do, how do you know you’ve got a good contractor, someone you can trust to do a good job for a fair price and stand behind his or her work?
And, you’ve likely heard horror stories about working with contractors in the Grand Lake area.
Well, unfortunately, there are no guarantees. But, you can improve your chances of a great project by following a few simple guidelines.
The first thing you need to do is define, in broad terms, exactly why you need a contractor and what your project consists of.
- Are you looking to build a custom Grand Lake waterfront home or remodel your existing home?
- If your remodeling, are you wanting a whole new kitchen, or just some new appliances?
- Redoing the exterior of your home or business? Are you looking to paint the existing exterior or replace with all new siding or brick?
Next, at least have a ballpark figure of what your project should cost, even before contacting any contractors. If your dream kitchen costs $50,000 and your remodeling budget is $25,000, then it’s time to get realistic!
Are there any legal requirements for your project? Certainly within developments around the lake there are Homeowners Assocations, building restrictions and minimums and other things that may limit what you can and can not do.
Also, make sure if you are building a new home, or adding living space and adding a bathroom that you are able to add that bathroom in compliance with DEQ regulations. Especially if your property is on a septic system.
I know people say it’s better to beg forgiveness than ask permission, but DEQ frowns on that sort of thing.
Finally, how involved are you going to be in your project? Do you want to act as your own General Contractor and be responsible for hiring your own electrician, plumber, heat and air contractor, roofer, etc?
Or would you rather pay a professional contractor who already has the contacts and the trust of area professionals.
There is no right or wrong way, but you must be comfortable with your decision.
Once you’ve got all this figured out, then it’s time to really start digging, whether it’s for a general contractor to handle your entire project, or whether you need to hire the individual contractors to handle the different parts of your project.
But, one thing…
I have heard (as a recovering real estate appraiser I’ve heard a lot over the years around Grand Lake!) many, many people express frustration with contractors and service providers in the Grand Lake area.
Things like they don’t show up on time, just quit showing up, tried to overcharge, working on ‘Grand Lake Time’…all of that stuff.
And, I have no doubt that stuff happened to those people.
But here is the lesson…don’t hire the first guy you talk to!
Get recommendations, references and bids from other Grand Lake contractors and then make an informed decision.
That way, your Grand Lake construction project should be able to be a stress free project, for everyone involved!