Working with a contractor to build your detached garage is essential. There are many aspects to a successful garage building project which can be overlooked without proper communication. Therefore, meeting with your contractor throughout the building process is necessary, especially before construction begins. 

Behm Design can help with insights into detached garage designs, plans, and tips to help you find and achieve the detached garage of your dreams. We want you to find the best garage layout for your specific needs. With so many options to choose from on our easy-to-navigate website, you can easily learn about all we have to offer. Here are five critical questions you should ask your contractor before your detached garage construction begins.

What Are Your Costs?

This may seem like an obvious question, but sometimes people fail to work out the costs of building their detached garage. In some cases, contractors won’t be upfront with possible hidden costs or fees they charge. To understand and decide whether you are working with the right contractor from the outset, you want to first ask about prices. Write down information on total costs in a notebook so you can reference this information later. Also, make sure you are working with an honest contractor who will inform you of changes to costs as they happen, instead of handing you a mystery bill in the end. 

What Is Your Timeline for Building the Detached Garage?

Next, you will want to establish your contractor’s timeline for constructing your detached garage. Knowing this from the start helps keep them accountable for putting in a day’s hard work. All of Behm Design’s separate garage plans are clear and meant to be built efficiently. However, problems can always arise, and unforeseen circumstances can throw loopholes into your garage construction. Working with a transparent contractor helps you plan accordingly and makes setbacks not feel so bad in the long run. 

What is Your Experience Level?

Of course, when you choose and begin construction with any contractor, you want to make sure they are knowledgeable and experienced. Nobody wants to hire someone they aren’t sure will do a good job. Therefore, don’t be afraid to ask them to talk about past projects and experience and why they think you should choose them for the job. A hard-working, honest contractor will be more than happy to speak with you about their areas of expertise. 

Talk to your contractor before construction your detached garage.

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Do You Have the Right Building Permits for the Detached Garage?

Any reliable contractor knows building permits are everything in the world of construction. However, it’s always good to ask upfront if your contractor has all the proper building permits and legal aspects sorted out. At Behm, designing every detached garage plan we offer makes obtaining building permits simple. We can help you get the proper building permits and estimate your project costs upfront, and we can work with your contractor as needed. Plus, every Behm Design detached garage layout can be built anywhere in the US and is IRD building code friendly. 

How Will Sourcing Materials Work?

Finally, it is critical to talk to your contractor about sourcing materials. Most contractors will work closely with you to find the right aesthetic and price range for your detached garage plans. Even Behm Design can help! However, it is a good idea to clarify these details early on so you are not surprised by last-minute material changes or plans. As plans change, keep track of cost shifts and other factors that may change sourcing materials. 

Why You Should Choose Behm Design for Your Detached Garage

If you are ready to work with a contractor on your detached garage, you need reliable, streamlined plans from Behm Design. We understand that adding on a garage on your property is a big moment. You want a garage that fits your space needs, is convenient, and works with your home’s existing aesthetic. We make the process of choosing your garage plans simple. We will meet with you, share ideas, work with your budget and lot size, and select your garage plan carefully. 

Learn More with Behm Design

Behm Design has been providing individuals with the best garage plans for their needs since the 1990s. Our founder, Jay Behm, has over 25 years of design experience under his belt. You can count on us to provide simple detached garage plans your contractor can follow after meeting with them to discuss these five critical questions. Give us a call at 1-800-210-6776 today to learn even more about what we have to offer you.