What to Consider when Choosing your ADU’s Contractor

You must choose the right ADU Contractor in Los Angeles, Because deciding on a builder/contractor will affect every project aspect. Whether you are building on your land or on land that the contractor owns, there are many builders in the marketplace, and having a well-built ADU (and enjoy the building process), you need to hire the right one.

Building an ADU is an exciting and, at times, overwhelming experience, but for your contractor, it’s pretty much a routine. This is the main reason you need to be an active member in all aspects of the home building process to ensure you end up with YOUR dream ADU. You can’t make the process a passive exercise because there are many decisions that you should make.

Suppose you’re unable or unwilling to make decisions. In that case, you will force your contractor to make them and run the risk that your new ADU won’t turn out the way you envisioned it or cost what you thought. This is why it’s so important to choose the ideal contractor that best suits what you’re looking for.

Here are 5 things you should take into consideration when choosing a contractor for your ADU:

ADU Contractor in Los Angeles

  1. Know your numbers: Before you start building an ADU, run some numbers to determine whether you can afford to build the ADU you want. At ADU Resource Center, we offer a cost-to-build tool to estimate construction costs based on where you’re building. 
  2. Check your builder’s reputation: Do a little research to determine which builders have the best reputation. Whether you search for information online or get recommendations from your mutuals, find out whether a builder is respected for doing quality work as well as being punctual. 
  3. Look at past works: Most contractors put the details of previous projects they have built on their website. Before you choose a contractor, visit completed projects, and make sure they are up to par with your expectations, visit jobs in progress and see the construction taking place.
  4. Make sure the contractor is time conscious: Time is essential. Make it clear that you don’t negotiate your deadline, you do not want excuses, and you will not tolerate delay. Make sure the contractor provides you with a start date and a completion date. Research the policies and guarantees of the contractor.
  5. Ask the right question:  Questions such as what facilities the contractor has, what differentiates the contractor from its competitors, what type of contract is offered, and if they have the necessary licenses.

The demand for this compact form of accommodation is definitely on the rise, and owning an ADU is definitely a pride now, but getting it right is equally important. Do you have more questions on ADU planning and construction? Call us at (310) 974-3174 or schedule a free consultation.