Seeing you here means two things; either you are planning on moving to a tiny house, or you just want to know more about it. Well, irrespective of the reason, a solution is all you are going to get here.
Home construction is perhaps the biggest investment you’ll ever make in your life and considering American housing; it won’t come cheap. Now that you have so much at stake, you definitely want the best in the business by your side. When it comes to creating a compact living space, the only ones you can trust are tiny house builders.
Whether you believe it or not, the whole idea of a tiny house got a major boost after the Tiny House Movement, which took American soil by surprise. You’d be surprised to know that there are more than 10,000 tiny homes in the USA, and that number is only expected to grow and that too at a rapid rate. For decades, American thinking has all been about “the bigger, the better,” but this movement has changed it for good. It’s all fun and games until you realize that it takes a lot to build a tiny house; after all, it’s a house. The only difference is that it is small.
Following are some tried and tested tips to hire the perfect house builder who’ll make your needs fit into a small yet livable place:
1. Put Together a List
To get things started, all you have to do is use the internet to the best of its abilities. You may not realize it now, but you are most likely to find a variety of builders who specialize in designing and consulting. But that’s not where it ends; it is recommended that you do some homework to determine which one suits better for your situation.
2. Interview Potential Candidates
Once you have made up your list, it’s time to get in touch with them and ask a few questions. Ask them how many projects they’ll be handling simultaneously if they end up taking up your project. If they have other projects lined up, you can expect them to be professionals with a smooth operating business plan. Other than that, just try to avoid hiring a newbie for the job since it’s the house we are talking about.
3. Make Sure To Run Some Background Checks
Before you hire anyone, we recommend you look up your prospective builders via the local Consumer Protection Agency and your local Better Business Bureau. Ask them about their litigation history, and make notes of complaints if there are any. If you find out that the contractor isn’t even registered, you can go ahead and cross them off the list.
4. Collect Estimates
By this point, you should have a handful of contractors on your radar, but to be more certain, you want at least three by your side. Schedule a face-to-face meeting with them, preferably at the construction site, so that you can assess their work style, their level of professionalism, and how they interact with employees and customers. Remember, the motive behind that is to get estimates for the project. Make sure that cost ranges and allowances are realistic.
5. Compare Bids
Now that you have estimates and reviews lying around, it’s time to cut down the list to one. In order to choose one, request formal bids that include a detailed price list for labor and materials. If you notice the contractor is using confusing terms, or it seems like line items have been included that shouldn’t be there, they could be planning to pull a sneaky on you.
Reasons Why You Should Hire A Certified Tiny House Builder
Maybe you think you can do it all by yourself, or maybe you are an engineer or an architect and perhaps you have a legit plan. Regardless of what’s going on in your head, you must come to the terms that this is not some kind of DIY, and you need professionals by your side. Here are some reasons why you need to hire a tiny house construction company.
Now that you know all about tiny house builders and how to hire them, it’s time to get on with your research and land the best contractor for your dream house.
Lindsay Wood, The Tiny Home Lady on a mission to build 100,000 Homes across the US...and creator of this Blog.