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General contractors can really help you to achieve your home improvement goals. Everyone wants to live in an attractive and welcoming home. If you are looking to knock down a wall, install new lighting, or to renovate the exterior of your property, you have come to the right place. While the people who write and publish blogs here cannot claim to be professionals, we all have a keen passion for learning how to work with general contractors to improve the places in which we live. Read on to find out more about hiring contractors, planning projects, and completing works. Enjoy!

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Top Tips When Hiring a Subdivision Contractor

Are you looking for a subdivision contractor? It could be you want to divide a commercial or residential plot. The excerpt below discusses a few considerations you should make when hiring a subdivision contractor. 

Reputation

Land subdivision is a complex and lengthy process. As such, you need a contractor who can take you through the process. Conduct some internet research on social media and real estate blogs to determine the contractor's reputation. Besides, you could contact some of the contractor's clients and inquire about how he or she relates with customers. For example, does the contractor meet client deadlines?  

Professionalism

The contractor must observe a high degree of professionalism. For instance, he or she should have an adequate understanding of the subdivision process. For example, what permits do you need when subdividing the land? The contractor should also understand local council regulations regarding subdivision. These would include the minimum plot size and the required amenities. 

Does the contractor subcontract some of his or her work? If yes, he or she should let you know in advance. Conduct some due diligence to ascertain the work ethic of the subcontractors. The contractor and subcontractors must have general liability insurance coverage. 

Range of Services

The contractor should provide a comprehensive range of services. These would include;

  • Demolition services if you need to pull down structures on the property.
  • Installation of amenities such as power, water and gas on the property.
  • Construction of access roads and perimeter fences.
  • Construction of shared facilities such as landscapes, swimming pools, patios and gazebos.

Terms of Contract 

The professional should provide you with a contract stipulating the agreed scope of work, his or her terms, and conditions. Below are some tips to help you examine this contract. 

  • Critically evaluate the stated works. For instance, if the contractor will demolish structures, he or she should clear demolition debris.
  • Check the dispute resolution mechanism. More often than not, negotiation and arbitration are used to settle such disputes.
  • Are you allowed to terminate the contract? If yes, will you incur penalties?
  • Does the contractor provide guarantees on his or her work? 

Pricing

The contractor should provide a comprehensive quote detailing how much he or she will charge for the various works. Ideally, you should compare quotes from a few contractors to understand the prevailing industry rates. Check extra and hidden charges. For example, some contractors may penalise you for late repayments. Remember to ask for a discount. 

When hiring a subdivision contractor, examine his or her reputation, professionalism, range of services, terms of contract and pricing. Hire a reasonably priced contractor that guarantees quality work in the shortest time possible.