Now is one of the best times to start building an ADU thanks to the new ADU grant program. With it being easier than ever to finance an ADU, there is no reason to wait. To get you started on your ADU development, we have put together a list of ADU contractor tips to help you find the right one for your project.
1 Must Specialize In ADUs
You need someone with experience in constructing large-scale projects. ADUs are essentially homes on a smaller scale, meaning there is a lot that goes into constructing one. Even a general contractor familiar with building normal homes may struggle with dealing with ADU laws and requirements. That is why it is always good to choose someone who has experience constructing ADUs themselves.
2 Must Be Licensed & Insured
A licensed contractor has gone through the proper training to get where they are. Working with someone who is not licensed means risking having the job not done correctly. Plus, licensed contractors are required to have insurance which keeps you safe from having to pay damages out of your pocket.
3 Needs A Supply Chain Plan
A contractor with established connections for how they will source the necessary raw materials, products, and services to build your unit will save you time and money. If they know how they will get something, they will know how much it will cost you from the start, allowing you to stay within budget while choosing materials.
4 Has a Network of Subcontractors
Nobody can build a house alone. They will need subcontractors who specialize in specific areas like plumbing, electricity, masonry, and roofing. If your contractor claims to be an expert in everything, they are probably lying and you should choose someone else.
5 Has Good Reviews
When you are hiring anyone to do any job, always check out their reviews. Especially with ADU contractors, you will want to see a list of their completed projects and determine if they are as good as they claim to be. You don’t want to work with someone who is not timely, responsive, and capable of quality work.
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