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February 26, 2015

How to Choose a Building Contractor for Your Pole Barn

One of the often-repeated benefits of pole barns is that they're so easy to build you could do it yourself, but let's face it – DIY isn't for everyone. If you're interested in having a pole barn kit built on your property, but you're less than thrilled about the prospect of digging post holes and setting trusses, then it's probably time to start looking for a building contractor.

But not all contractors are created equal, and unless you already know a contractor you can trust you're putting yourself at risk for sloppy workmanship, over-bloated prices, or worst of all, both. Choosing a building contractor for your pole barn can be tricky, but you can avoid the worst by following a few simple rules when you're making your decision.

Ask friends, family, co-workers, et cetera for a recommendation. Oftentimes, great building contractors don't have to bother advertising in the phone book or newspaper; they get all the business they need by word-of-mouth. If someone you know can offer a glowing review to a building contractor they have personal experience with, that's a better place to start than "A-1 Building Contractor" in the Yellow Pages.

Once you have three or four names, make a few phone calls. Explain what you need, what your preferred timeframe is, and ask for a bid or a quote. Be suspicious if one contractor offers a quote that's especially higher or lower than the rest – good work costs what it costs. Lowball offers are good indications that the work will at best have cut corners.

After you've narrowed down your list of potential building contractors based on phone interviews, check out their histories with a local trade agency like the Associated General Contractors of America or even the Better Business Bureau. A good contractor should be on good standing and have few complaints against them. Anything more than a couple of complaints, or worse still no record at all, should come up as a big red flag. Call up former clients and ask what their experience was like. This will all be good information to have when making your final decision.

From here, you can meet the contractors on your short list face-to-face. Get a sense of their personality and make sure you get along. (More importantly, get proof that they're licensed and insured, if you haven't already.) At this point you should be positive that each of your potential contractors is licensed, on the level, has good references, and knows what they're doing. All other things being equal, there's nothing wrong with choosing a contractor based on personality.

Finally, once you've decided on a contractor, it's time to get to the nitty-gritty of contracts, schedules, and all the other follow-through. It'll be worth it, though, when you look at your completed pole barn for the first time.

Of course, before any of this happens, you need to have a pole barn kit ready for your contractor to build. Get yours from the Pole Barn Company, offering custom kits made to your own personal specifications. Contact us today to take the first step toward owning the pole barn of your dreams.



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