- Have the contractor with you when assessing a property to help determine the maximum bid.
- Arrange for an inspector to inspect the property and share that information with the contractor.
- Together decide on the scope of the project to include a budget per item and deadlines for each phase.
- Your contractor should be in charge of getting the necessary permits and will oversee the various inspection needed throughout the project.
- Even in a trusted working relationship, its important to be available and to visit the site daily. Ultimately you are responsible for any problems and code compliance, so it’s important that you oversee all the work.
Having a contractor will cost more upfront but can save you money in the long run. A contractor can keep the project on track (barring any unforeseen problems) and help insure the job does not fail inspections.