To find reputable house builder contractors, ask for recommendations from relatives and friends, contact the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, or NARI, to request a list of local members, and seek advice from a building inspector. Additionally, go to a local lumberyard to find out about regular contractor customers who purchase quality construction materials and make prompt payments.
NARI members are often trustworthy contractors because NARI conducts a thorough investigation of the background of aspiring members before letting them join. Eligible members sign an ethics code document and pledge to work excellence upon joining NARI.
Contact the local Better Business Bureau and state consumer protection agency to discover disputes with customers or subcontractors. After shortlisting potential contractors, create a list of questions that help you determine the availability, dependability and existing priority projects of each contractor. Find out if they have experience handling projects like yours, if they can provide financial references and a list of recent clients, the number of projects they are currently managing, and the length of time they have worked with their subcontractors. Moreover, ask if they have adequate general liability and workers' compensation insurance.
After conducting phone interviews, meet in person three to four contractors to negotiate estimated costs and discuss other important details about your home building project. Choose a contractor with good communication skills that makes you feel comfortable.