Choosing Your Contractor

When Choosing your Contractor make sure that you that you have received at least six (6) written estimates. Be sure to find out how  the Contractor intends to get paid. For example, will the Contractor be charging for labor and materials? Will the Contractor be charging by job? Will the Contractor be charging by square footage? The National Housing Corporation indicates you should stay clear of Contractors who want to work on a time and materials basis. I agree with them. When dealing with Contractors it is wise to have some knowledge of construction as it will help you better with negotiations and possibly prevent you from being overcharged. Knowledge is Power. Be sure to obtain a construction contract. You can obtain a useful one from the Barbados Association of Quantity Surveyors for $15. The number is 246-228-0598. Also, I can provide a contract suitiable your project.

Labor Rates Per Construction Trade

Laborer– A construction worker is someone who does many basic tasks that require physical labour on constructions sites. (Government Projects-$84 BBD per day; private works rates vary.

Carpenters- Carpenters construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures made from wood and other materials. Carpenters are involved in many different kinds of construction, from the building of highways and bridges to the installation of kitchen cabinets. (Government Projects-$120 BBD per day; private works rates vary.

Mason- A mason uses bricks, concrete blocks, or natural stones to build structures, including walls, walkways, and fences. Depending on the building material in which these construction tradespeople specialize, they are called brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons. Brickmasons are sometimes called bricklayers. (Government Projects-$120 BBD per day; private works rates vary.

Electrical and Plumbing trades- (Government Projects-$120 BBD per day; private works rates vary.