5 Traits to Look For in a Reputable Garage Builder
If you’re planning to add a custom garage to your home, hiring a reputable garage builder to handle planning, design, and construction is essential. And while hiring a builder might sound simple enough, there’s actually a lot more to researching and vetting garage builders than you might assume.
What should you be on the lookout for to determine if a garage builder is worth your hard-earned investment? Let’s take a look.
A Track Record of Quality Work
A custom garage is a major investment, and when you finally settle a garage builder to handle your project, you should feel 100% confident you’ll be fully satisfied with the work. That’s why it’s so important to look for a solid track record of quality past projects completed for other customers.
Do a little digging online, and if you know anyone who knows anyone who’s hired a garage builder you’re looking at, don’t be hesitant to ask about their experience. If the building company has a website (they absolutely should) look for a project gallery you can browse to get an idea of what they’re capable of.
Testimonials from past customers are incredibly telling. Since building a custom garage is a major project, you’re likely to find all sorts of helpful information in past reviews that can assist you in your decision-making process. A few things you’ll definitely want to look for while you browse reviews include:
● Customer satisfaction levels with the final product
● How past clients felt about the garage builders’ customer service
● Whether the company is prompt with its communication
● Whether there were any hangups in the project delivery schedule and how the company handled them
● Timetable for project delivery and how well the builders adhered to it
Licensing, Bonding, and Insurance
Never hire garage builders who don’t have licensing, bonding, and insurance! According to Minnesota law, building contractors must have these things to do contracting work. While you’re vetting companies, don’t be shy about asking to see verifiable proof.
If you don’t ask and take someone’s word for it and it turns out they’re hiding something, you could end up in trouble. Do you want to be financially liable for any injuries or damages that occur on your property while the project is underway? Probably not.
Ability to Obtain Permits and Licensing
Can the garage builders take care of the necessary permitting and licensing for the build? This isn’t necessarily a must-have, but it’s definitely something to consider if you’re not familiar with obtaining these documents.
Do you want a garage builder than can handle every part of the project so you don’t have to worry about hiring multiple contractors for different jobs? This is something you should definitely consider as you vet companies since coordinating several different contractors and communication between them can be a major headache.
Ideally, you should look for a garage builder that:
● Can handle the site preparation (any necessary excavation, demolition, and removal of any existing structures)
● Can prep and pour the foundation
● Has relationships with materials suppliers and can handle the delivery process
● Can take care of the framing process
● Will handle the roofing, window installation, garage door installation, and all other necessary installations
● Can perform the final building inspection
Get a Custom Garage Estimate Today From the Twin Cities’ Leading Garage Builders
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