Finding the right ADU contractor for your needs is imperative to the success of your ADU development. Simply picking anyone could result in not only added costs, but also added time and possible legal fees if they don’t do things correctly.
Selecting the right ADU Contractor
During the selection process, the contractor you choose should essentially act as an ADU guide for you while exemplifying all the following key characteristics.
Experience Building ADUs
Building an ADU is a unique process. It is like building a small home but has some key differences. Therefore, it is best to hire a professional who specializes in building ADUs so that you know you can trust them to get it done right.
Experience in Your Community
Not only should they have experience building ADUs, but also experience building them within your local community. Often, ADU contractors who have worked in the same community for a while have built up relationships with local city officials, suppliers, and subcontractors, which means they can save you time and money.
Knowledge of Codes and Ordinances
If they have been working in your community, they will likely have a working knowledge of the different local codes and ordinances. This is imperative because if they make mistakes during the designing or building phase that are not in regulation with local codes, you could be facing big fines and delays in the building process.
Licensed and Insured
You would be surprised how many people consider hiring a cheap contractor with no license or insurance. Don’t make this mistake. Always check to make sure their license is up to date as well as their insurance.
You want a contractor who welcomes your questions. One that will communicate with you throughout the whole process to ensure everything is done up to your standards. They will gladly answer questions and address your concerns in a timely manner.
A contractor should have excellent references that you can check to ensure they are as good as they say they are. If a contractor isn’t willing to give you references, they aren’t the right contractor for you.