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Written by Dale Vanderwerff   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 12:08


So where does it all start?  New construction isn’t always the easiest to accomplish especially if this is a new experience.

The process starts with an idea or need to add or change something.  It then begins to take on a life of its own.  Often one knows what they want.  The difficulty is not only how but also what is involved in getting this task completed.  Once the task has begun it follows that the people involved want answers.  Where is the best place to get answers?  How do you know where to turn?

First, ask people you know who have had work done on their place, ask who they used and if they were satisfied.  Second, ask the local building authorities for contractors that work in the area. They will usually not recommend someone but may give you two or three names to pick from.  Don’t forget to ask the local Chamber of Commerce for names.  The point is to ask around and eventually you will get a list to work from.  Narrow your list down to two or three contractors and schedule meetings.

The meetings will not only be a time for you to relate what you are trying to accomplish but also to see how the contractors deal with the information and communicate.  There are also things that you will personally feel are important as well.  You must be sure that the company that you are dealing with understands the things that you feel are important.  Eventually you will want to deal with someone who is honest, communicates well and responds in a timely manner.  The other very important part is that you find someone you can trust and feel comfortable with. 

Do ask for references from your chosen contractor and follow up on them before you make any commitment.   It may amaze you to hear what people will say about the contractor and his workmanship.  

Next: communicating what is important to you 


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