David R. Webb Builders, Inc.
Total Votes: 290
8809 Lynch Rd
Ottawa Lake, Michigan 49267
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Display Number: 19819
When bids come in
Be sure to ask:
- How long will the bids be valid? They should be good for at least 30 days.
- How will changes or additions to the plans be handled?
- Will the contractor obtain all necessary permits and handle related paperwork?
- How will workers protect your home and valuables and minimize disruption during construction? For example, will they be using the family bathroom? What will be the extent of debris cleanup at the end of each day and how will debris be removed? What hours will they typically work? Will the contractor be on site most of the time?
- Who are three or four former customers you can call for recommendations? See How to find good help or useful questions to ask.
Give each of your general contractor candidates:
- Identical sets of plans or written project specifications that spell out the work you want done, the materials you want used and the standards of workmanship you expect.
- The date you would like all plans and bids returned.
Making the final selection
Don't jump on the lowest bid. If one bid is substantially lower than the others, the candidate may be inexperienced or intends to cut corners. Probe to find out why that bid is low (a common cause is vague specifications).
Beyond the bids, there are still several important considerations that can make or break your project:
- What is the chemistry between you (and your spouse) and the contractor. It's crucial that you hire as a general contractor someone who will listen to what you say and with whom you can work out problems. If, during the selection process, misunderstandings repeatedly crop up between you and a contractor candidate, you're probably better off hiring someone else.
- Again, be sure the contractor you choose is insured for worker's compensation, property damage and public liability.
Should you buy the materials?
Generally, it's not a good strategy to supply ordinary building materials for a home repair or improvement project. Few professionals, if any, will guarantee the performance of materials they didn't obtain themselves. Most tradespeople and contractors can buy building materials at a discount and may pass some of their savings along to you, but you should expect a reasonable markup for their expenses.
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David R. Webb Builders, Inc
8809 Lynch Rd
Ottawa Lake Michigan 49267
Quality, Value, Integrity and Customer Satisfaction