by Dave Lupberger
Most people don't like interviewing builder/contractors
because they don't have confidence in their ability
to discern if a contractor is honest. If you've done
your homework with thoroughness and patience, you've
spared yourself that anxiety because you already know
your candidates are qualified, honest, and reliable.
When you begin builder/contractor interviews, your task
will be to locate a builder you can work with, one whose
interest in your project impresses you, A builder/contractor
who listens carefully to what you say.
The goal of this quest is to find compatibility with
a contractor whom you'll be able to work with successfully
for the time necessary to complete your project.
Making the Call
Once you're ready to begin the interviewing process,
call the builder/contractors in the order you've rated
them. Be prepared to describe your project and state
when you'd like to begin construction.
When you call the contractors on your list, have three
to four to five preliminary questions ready to ask each.
Here are some suggestions:
1. Have you completed a job similar to this before?
2. Do you have a list of references that I can contact?
3. When will you be able to start the job?
4. When could we meet in person to further discuss this?
(only if you're encouraged by the answers they give).
The Final Word
There is no set script for these calls. In fact, in
the course of the conversation a builder may offer everything
contained above and more. Be aware of how easily the
conversation progresses. When you hang up, make a few
notes on the conversations.
· What were your impressions of the builder?
· Did he listen well?
· Did he answer your questions thoroughly?
· Is this professional likely to create exactly
what I want?