If you’re planning to build an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), one of the first things you need to do is get quotes from several general contractors. Yes, even us. However, with so many contractors out there, it can be challenging to know where to start. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips on how to get quotes for ADUs.
Do Your Research on ADU General Contractor
Before you start requesting quotes, do some research on ADU general contractors in your area. Use search engines to look for contractors that specialize in building ADUs. A lot of contractors can say they build ADU’s to get business but not many are actually doing them day in and day out. You can also ask for recommendations from friends, family, or colleagues who have already built an ADU. Make a list of at least five contractors that seem like a good fit.
Check Their Online Presence
Once you have a list of potential contractors, check their online presence. A reputable contractor should have a professional-looking website that includes their contact information, a portfolio of their past work, and customer reviews. Look for social media profiles as well, as these can provide additional insights into the contractor’s work.
Now that you have a list of potential contractors, it’s time to request quotes. Reach out to each contractor and ask for a detailed quote that includes the cost of materials, labor, and any other expenses. Make sure to provide the contractor with detailed information about your ADU project, including the size, design, and materials you want to use. Be prepared to answer questions the contractor may have about your project. be clear on what they will and not do. What will be included in the quote and what will not be included in the quote. The more clear your are, the better it will be for both parties.
Once you’ve received quotes from all the contractors on your list, compare them. Look for any major discrepancies in the pricing or materials used. Keep in mind that the cheapest option may not always be the best option. Look for a contractor who provides a reasonable quote and has a good reputation. Read the last part again, do not underestimate the reputation part. If you are looking at this blog post, you are aware of this ADU “gold rush.” Many are coming in and wanting to take advantage of customers by taking big down payments and walking away.
Check Their Credentials
Before you choose a contractor, check their credentials. Make sure they are licensed and insured in your state. You can also look for certifications or memberships in industry organizations, such as the National Association of Home Builders or the National Kitchen and Bath Association. These credentials indicate that the contractor is committed to maintaining high standards of quality and professionalism. Another good resource in California is cslb where you can check status of their license and status of their workers compensation.
- Check Their References
Finally, check the contractor’s references. Ask for a list of past clients and contact them to ask about their experience working with the contractor. Ask about the quality of the work, communication, timeliness, and any other concerns you may have. If possible, ask to see the contractor’s work in person to get a better sense of their craftsmanship.
By following these tips, you can get quotes for ADUs and find a contractor who can help you build the ADU of your dreams. Remember to do your research, compare quotes, check credentials, and check references before making your final decision. Good luck!