Five Things To Look For When Hiring A Contractor Lisa March 3, 2021

Five Things To Look For When Hiring A Contractor


If you want things done the right the first time, selecting a reputable operator is crucial  – so what are things to look for when hiring a contractor?

Whether you’re undertaking a significant renovation, building your own home, undertaking a commercial refit or a large scale construction project – or in fact, any project in any industry –  the importance of sourcing a reputable contractor is crucial if you want to get it right the first time and potentially avoid a costly disaster. 

Depending on how big or complex the project you have in mind is, you might be looking to hire: 

  • A general contractor, who manages all aspects of a project, including hiring and supervising subcontractors, getting building permits, and scheduling inspections. 
  • A specialty contractor, who installs particular products like cabinets and bathroom fixtures. 
  • An architect, who designs homes, additions, and major renovations – particularly for projects that  involve structural changes. 
  • A designer or design/build contractor, who provides both services. 

Once you start your research, there are several factors that need your consideration when selecting an operator or tradesman for your next project – so what are some things to look for when hiring a contractor?


Five Tips On Selecting The Right Contractor For Your Project

Before you make a decision on choosing a contractor, here are six tips on making sure that your selection is the right one. 

References – Friends, family, colleagues or even your architect are often a good place to start when it comes to word of mouth recommendations. Don’t be afraid to check out the contractor’s social media channels or Google reviews though for the “real world” experiences of others too. 

Check Their Paperwork – Is your desired contractor licensed, insured and financially stable? If not, you could be setting yourself up for disaster. A credit reference may help to verify if the company pays its suppliers on time, and if they have a good reputation within their industry.

Know Your Budget – There is little point approaching a construction company that specialises in first home owners properties to build you a custom home. Their budget, repeat design and business model will likely prevent them from being able to be competitive in a one-off build.

Project Timeframe – If you opt for a contractor that is related to you or a family friend, unfortunately there’s a chance that you may “go down” on their priority list, particularly if you’ve received a discounted rate. Be sure to check that their project timeline matches yours. 

What’s Their Specialty – Contrary to popular belief, builders aren’t a “one stop shop” for all renovations or constructions. If you are looking for someone to action a large scale commercial fit out, then someone who specialises in home renovations probably isn’t for you. 

Sourcing Further Advice On Finding Reputable Contractors 

In operation for over ten years, Brisbane based Kibo Constructions believe that quality, reliable workmanship with an honest approach shouldn’t be the exception to the rule. By working closely with our clients, we ensure that the entire process is both a transparent and enjoyable experience from start to finish – after all, undertaking a home renovation project of any size shouldn’t be painful, and that includes guidance and reassurance in working with contractors. 

Lee Bourke and the team at Kibo Constructions offer a unique “concept to creation” service when it comes to bringing your vision to life. Just a handful of their services include: 

  • Refits available for hotels, resorts, cafes, restaurants, aged care and retirement villages 
  • Ongoing maintenance services and packages available 
  • A full in-house joinery operation, offering custom options without holding up lead times
  • Overnight and weekend scheduling available to minimise disruption 
  • Full service team providing design, all trades, council and engineering approvals
  • Professional site cleaning upon completion 

If you know that there’s an upcoming project coming up for you, your brand or your business, we would love the opportunity to provide a quote – you might be pleasantly surprised at the result. As we specialise in residential, commercial and hospitality fitout options in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, please get in touch to discuss how we can bring your vision to life.

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