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Choosing a General Contractor - Step #8 in Planning for Success

Unless you are building your dream log cabin yourself, you will be speaking with and interviewing several general contractors or if you plan to act as your own general contractor, numerous sub-contractors.

In this process not only is it recommended that you ask for references, but also to call and visit those on the reference list from the contractor. The references should contain both recent projects completed, within the past 12 months, as well as some older references, 2+ years old to see if the service after completion was performed satisfactorily.

Ask for copies of licenses, certification of insurance and other coverage’s and check with the local building code office or Home Builder Association to get some additional insight of those you are considering. For vendor references check with the local lumber yard or “big box” store to see if they pays their bills and sub contractors on time. The folks at these places of business see and hear things that others may not.

Remember, when choosing a general contractor, you will be working with this person for an average of 6 months +/-. It is best to make sure that you communicate well, that they understand the scope of your log cabin home project and that all agreements (from BOTH parties) are put in writing so mis-understandings don’t arise. Don’t be afraid to ask to see a recent or sample contract so that you know what to expect when yours is completed.

Ask questions; take notes on how long it takes to get an answer and just how complete an answer you get. The more specific your questions and their answers, the better build project it will be.

Next time – Step #9 – Applying for your Construction Loan.

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