Before you hire someone to help you with your family’s home, also known as your largest investment, shouldn’t you hire the right contractor? The Home Builders Association of Greenville has developed a program to help you with this important task.
The Approved Professional Builder program screens contractors to ensure that they:
- Maintain appropriate levels of insurance.
- Are free of unresolved judgements for at least one year.
- Offer a warranty.
- Use a written contract.
- Have the appropriate licenses.
This, of course, is just a starting point in your search for a home builder. You should check references, review a contractor’s previous projects, and talk with their previous clients. In addition, check their online reviews, but consider them in the context of the Internet. You may want to discard one poor comment in a sea of good ones, but several poor reviews should be a red flag.
After you have settled on a contractor, a detailed written contract is critical, and regular communication during the project is important as well. In fact, communication is so important that you should review your expectations with the contractor before you hire them.
You can learn more about the Approved Professional Builder program, and meet the Approved Professionals, at the Southern Home and Garden Show presented by Approved Professional Builder.
The Southern Home and Garden Show produced by the Home Builders Association of Greenville is September 20-22 at the Greenville Convention Center. Visit SouthernHomeandGardenShow.com to see a list of exhibitors.
To learn more about the Approved Professional program, visit hbaofgreenville.com/for-consumers/approved-professional-builder.