Choosing a Reliable Contractor or Home Builder in the Poconos & Lehigh Valley
Finding a reliable contractor in the Poconos and Lehigh Valley can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to become a stress-inducing endeavor. If you’re finding this page, you’ve most likely spoken to a few other companies already but are now strongly considering going with RKA Construction.
We know our clients often come from other builders and choose RKA because we can do better work for a comparable price in the Poconos and Lehigh Valley. We welcome this opportunity to show you better solutions and earn your trust and your business. We help you avoid the common mistakes in the custom home building process which leads to home buyers who aren’t happy with the outcome of their home build or renovation project.
We have outlined a list of things the you should know when considering choosing RKA as the contractor or builder for your next home project. RKA Construction has been in the business for many years, so we know what people need and lesser companies don’t offer. By passing this information on to our potential customers, we do both parties an invaluable service. We share our expertise in the beginning, saving you from costly errors and omissions commonly made by lesser companies. Once you’ve made the initial payment and the work has started, it’s nearly always too late to change course.
Knowledge is power and an educated customer will always be better off in a construction, remodeling, or renovation project. Communication is a critical key. The educated contractor, such as RKA Construction, will make the customer’s life easier, and offer options and suggestions to make sure the customer gets exactly what they want, both in quality and design. The converse of this is true as well. An educated consumer will get what they want in nearly all cases, and will make the right contractor’s job easier.
How to Choose New Construction Builders & Remodeling Contractors
Whether it be new construction, an addition to your existing home, or a remodeling project ranging from simple to extensive, here is what to look for when choosing the right contractor or home builder:
Start with a Plan and Ideas
Know what it is you want done before getting an estimate. Having your ideas written down and picking materials will help you to get a more accurate estimate on a new home or home improvement project from RKA Construction. We can help steer you to the most effective resources to streamline the process of going from concept to concrete, from vision to reality.
Ask for References
Asking relatives, neighbors, and friends in the Pocono Mountains and Greater Lehigh Valley community for references about RKA Construction is always a good thing to do. Knowing people who have had similar projects done by RKA are your best sources for first-hand feedback. They have already engaged our services, so you can learn a lot about their experiences with RKA as a contractor or builder. We are confident that our professional reputation and experience will speak for itself as make sure each client we work with is highly-satisfied with our work.
Schedule Appointments with the Contractor
You can’t compare apples and oranges. It is important to come sit with us and discuss your project so we can assist you in comparing whether or not you are getting the same choices and materials compared to bids from contractors you’ve spoken with already. It is essential to do this before selecting the right contractor for your specific project. It also helps to prepare you so you can negotiate using specifics before signing the contract.
It is important to check for licenses and history. Make sure to ask for a copy of the contractor’s current license. Doing a check with the local Building.Construction Association or Bureau is a prudent step as well. It is also helpful to ask if you may speak with previous and current clients, if you don’t already know some of them personally,in order to ask for their experience with RKA Construction.
Read Online Reviews
Check the contractor’s or builder’s reputation online. If they have consistently good reviews, it is likely they are reputable and do quality work. Also, be careful not to rule out a builder based on one bad review. It is hard to verify the authenticity of all reviews as some people have never even used the companies services after a consultation.
Sign a Detailed Contract
It is important that your contract explains exactly what is going to be done. Make sure it details deadlines, exact materials (including model numbers) & provider, and progress payments. If you notice that the contract is not detailed enough, provide your own addendums prior to signing. If there are any changes during the project, such as additional projects added on or product changes, be sure to ask for a written change order that includes any additional costs or changes in materials. These are important to keep for your records as well.
Talk to the Contractor Frequently
If you see a potential issue or notice something is being done incorrectly or doesn’t match the specifications set in the contract, speak up immediately. Potential problems can be more difficult to fix later, after the contractor has already left the project.
Verify Insurance Coverage at Start of the Project
It is important to know what is covered by your homeowner’s insurance and what is covered under the business insurance of the contractor. Get a copy of the company’s insurance policy.
We hope this helps you prepare for your home improvement project in the Poconos or Lehigh Valley. If RKA Construction can help you in your next project, please call us to speak to one of our knowledgeable representatives. We’ll be glad to go through the process of designing, planning, and quoting your project with you answering any questions or concerns as we progress from dream home to home sweet home.
Call 570-420-9908 today to speak with RKA Construction.