Are you looking for an ADU contractor? If yes, there are a few things you should know before choosing who you should work with. Check out these important factors of choosing a contractor that you need to consider as you search for one.
1 Needs To Be An ADU Expert
One of the biggest ADU mistakes you can make is choosing a contractor that has little or no experience with ADUs. A general contractor may know the ins and outs of building a full-sized home and think they can manage building one on a smaller scale. However, you don’t want your ADU to be the first one they ever build and find out halfway through that they are in over their heads.
ADUs have specific regulations associated with them that differ from regular homes. You need a contractor who is well aware of your local government’s regulations to ensure everything is built legally and up to code.
Also, since ADUs are so compact, you will want a contractor who can bring different ideas and solutions to the table about how to make the most of your space.
2 Fully Licensed And Insured
Secondly, you need to make sure you are working with a fully licensed and insured contractor. You don’t want someone who if something goes wrong, has no way of covering the costs. If they don’t have insurance, you could become liable for on-the-job injuries and property damage. It is a big risk you shouldn’t take. So, always ask for proof of insurance before hiring a contractor.
3 At Least 3 Years Of Experience
The more experience the contractor has, the more tips and tricks they will have up their sleeve to help you with your ADU. Plus, if they are local to the area, they will likely know where the best places to find raw materials are. Often they have good relationships with suppliers and can get you a better deal.
Also, they will be able to expedite your permitting process by knowing the laws and regulations well. The better your plans and designs are, the faster they get through the permitting process.