An Insider’s Guide To Finding A Contractor In Mumbai

Wouldn’t it be amazing to design your home all by yourself? Right from choosing the colours for the walls and the furniture, to the flooring and the accessories - you could call all the shots!

But... Before you start imagining the 'joy and fun' associated with doing it all up yourself... or think of a scene from a movie where they do up the house in a DIY way, and go 'HOW COOL WILL THAT BE!!!'... Let us share one thing....

Doing up a home involves two aspects - design and execution. And for the latter, you will need a contractor! Unlike interior designers, contractors focus on delivering as per your instructions and are best suited to service-oriented tasks. Let’s look at some of the factors you need to consider while trying to find contractors in Mumbai.

How To Find A Contractor In Mumbai?

While the real estate market attracts a deluge of contractors every year, it is important to choose a contractor who is dependable and focussed. Here are some of the things you need to look into, to find a contractor in Mumbai.

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1. Track Record:

It is essential to check the track record of the contractors you are considering. This can be done by taking a look at the contractor’s completed projects. It gives you a clear picture if the contractor delivers on time, and also if the quality of his work is good enough. It is ideal to choose a contractor with some experience, rather than a novice.

2. Background Check:

It is advisable to conduct a background check on the contractor, before hiring him. Talk to former clients and get reviews from them. You could also talk to a local authority to understand if there have been complaints of any kind against the contractor, or if he has been embroiled in any legal controversies. It’s a good idea to have a look at his credit references since a bad credit could entail delays in the completion of the project.

3. Certification:

Checking the certifications and licenses of the contractor is a good way to evaluate the quality of his work. Contractors who are members of reputed contractor associations or are ISO certified should be given precedence over their contemporaries.

4. Quality of Work And Materials Used:

As discussed earlier, talking to the past clients will give you a good idea not just about the quality of the workmanship, but also that of the materials used. Designing a home takes time, effort and money - poor quality could lead to rework and could also be dangerous.

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5. Cooperative And Resourceful:

While it is commonly believed that contractors focus purely on following a set of instructions and executing accordingly, a cooperative contractor is open to new ideas. Also, given the years of experience working with different layouts, a contractor will typically have a lot of valuable ideas beneficial for the house. It is also important to gauge the quality of the contractor’s team, and how he works with them. The relationship between the contractor and his team should be like a well-oiled machine.

6. Conflict Management Skills:

Probably one of the most important factors, a contractor should be able to deal effectively with conflict. In any project, conflict is inevitable - it may either arise owing to labor or local authorities. There could also be changes in originally approved plan due to unforeseen circumstances. A skilled contractor will be able to deal with any kind of conflict without losing his bearings. This factor can only be evaluated by talking to past clients.

7. Insurance:

This is something that is rarely looked into, or most of us are not even aware of it. Contractors also need insurance and for a variety of reasons - liability insurance, omissions and errors insurance, etc. This is mainly to provide cover in the event of site damages, accidents, professional negligence, etc. A contractor with the requisite insurance comes across as someone who is serious about his profession and is well aware of all the risks associated with it. It also protects you from the legal and pecuniary consequences of any of the above-mentioned issues.

So, roll up your sleeves and get to work with your newly hired contractor and his team! But before that, why not take an expert’s opinion about what your home really needs?

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