One main focus in construction today is price. This is understandable; everyone is trying to get the most for their “buck.” Although I don’t disagree with stretching your dollars, I think people need to be careful. I am concerned that decisions are being weighed too much on price. Experience, quality, and integrity are all equally important factors. I have had many people tell me how they regretted hiring the “other guy.” Usually, the cheaper price is not the cheaper price in the end. All too often, contractors with good intentions get in over their head.
Doing your homework on a contractor is also a good idea. A contractor may do a great job on concrete but not know how to frame a wall. Look at similar work they have done. Don’t be afraid to ask around. Talk to local building officials, architects and professionals in the field. Typically it takes more to keep professionals happy than an average client.