How to check contractors work?
April 16, 2010 10:49 AM Subscribe
We are having a detached garage built. I already chose a contractor. How do I make sure the work being done is up to code and correct?
posted by NotSoSimple to Home & Garden (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Closing on the new house is set May 7th and we added in the option to build a new garage and rolled the cost into the house. Instead of choosing the sellers builder (He blatantly told me he would go against code/zoning laws to make me happy) and chose one of 6 I called. So far he has been very responsive and seems to know his stuff. I am not a contractor, so how do I check on his work? I am handy, and I can tell if the framing is off or if the concrete work is incorrect, but I am no professional. I told him I would be checking on the site regularly and he said he absolutely welcomes it and has no issue. So what do I look out for? How can I get a crash course in acceptable building practices and local code? Property is in a suburb of Portland, OR if it matters.