Hiring Contractors The “Green” Way

Green building has been all the trend the last number of years and permanently reason. It’s to all of our benefit when we ensure limited waste, reuse of materials and building a structure that will live long term.

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But did you recognize that you simply could apply these same principals when hiring home remodeling contractors that may protect your money by reducing the potential for wasting it while creating clear and concise guidelines that both parties can consistently depend upon to guide them throughout the project?

Using these same principals when aiming to hire the proper contractor for your project will translate into a successful and satisfying remodeling project. There are 3 very simple but key strategies homeowners can incorporate that may give them a sustainable project that moves forward with fewer problems, less waste and conserves their money.

A homeowner can reduce wasting their money by:

#1. Reducing their exposure to “extra work” not covered within the contract and spec sheet. Extra work becomes a “change order” which suggests more unexpected money is spent. The potential to travel over budget becomes very real if you are not acquainted with these risks. Solution: Never assume oral agreements made are going to be a part of the contract. Having a thoroughly written specifications sheet that spells out every detail of the scope of labor to be performed, materials and supplies that are to be employed in the project.

A homeowner may save energy, time and $ by:

#2. Reducing their exposure to Mechanic’s Liens filed against their property. It is not uncommon for homeowners having to pay twice for work or supplies that were “presumably” already bought by the overall contractor.Solution: Stipulate within the contract that the contractor is to get all Lien Releases from subcontractors and material suppliers for the work performed to this point upon each payment made to him.

#3. Hire the proper contractor whose business ethics, competency and proven account are transparent and verifiable. Choosing a contractor with little research on the a part of the homeowner, aside from a license check could be a recipe for disaster. Solution: a house owner must transcend the standard check licenses, references and complaint history. Conducting an intensive background search that reveals related lawsuits, complaints filed with online consumer agencies, verifying various insurance coverage’s and conducting an in depth interview associated with past performance and customer care.

These 3 simple strategies contribute to making a sustainable project that may have fewer problems with less waste in money, time and energy spent.

Choosing the proper contractor, knowing and protecting your rights together with having a thoroughly legal document that gives clear direction in performing the work translates into a positive “green” renovation experience for everybody.

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