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Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Construction Management Service

January 2014

When hiring and working with a Builder, every homeowner needs to know: What services does a Builder commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Builder? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Construction Management Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Builder - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Construction Management Service at a fair price?First, decide on ALL product / service options. Compile a list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have at least 2 qualified pros complete detailed bids on the work. Use a written contract that ties payment to verifyable results.
What should I expect to pay for Construction Management Service?Most Construction Management Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for a Builder ranges from $48 to $71. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 - 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Builder.
Do I need to use a licensed Builder for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?A professional Builder must be licensed to provide most Construction Management Services. To check a Builder's license status, search the telephone directory or online for your state's professional license board or department. Contact the licensing authority to verify license standing and history for the business and individual.
Should I use an insured Builder for my project?Your Builder should carry adequate liability insurance for work related damages. Your Builder should also have workman's compensation insurance for job related injury or health risks.
Does my Builder need to be bonded?A bond will protect the homeowner if the terms of the contract are not met by the Builder. A bond is recommended for any work over $500. Make sure that your Builder's bond is valid and that the bond limit will cover the cost of completing or re-doing the work, before any work begins.

Builder - Services

A Builder can handle a number of jobs, activities and problems. The list below summarizes common Construction Management Services. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:

Builder - Finding and Hiring

Not every Builder has the same ability. Experience, skills, and sense of acceptable quality vary considerable. To get the results that you expect, it is essential that you put appropriate effort behind finding a Builder matched to the specific requirements of your job - not simply someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence. Before starting, make sure that you completely understand the work you want the Builder to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Builder - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

A written agreement greatly improves your odds of success when working with a Builder. Never start work until you have a complete agreement signed by your Builder. For small jobs use a written work order. For larger projects, use a detailed contract. Never feel pressured to use the Builder's standard contract. Make sure the following points are included in the agreement:



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