Do You Need A General Contractor?

Why do you need a General Contractor?

General, or construction contractors, are also commonly referred to as project managers. Overseeing entire remodeling projects and new home construction projects. While maintaining and facilitating all day-to-day tasks that move both works, projects and homeowners/owners towards a finished product and the final goals. The Right local home improvement contractor will have the skills to handle certain tasks onsite and is responsible for hiring quality subcontractors for the majority of jobs, such as electrical work, painting or plumbing. A general contractor should be on-site regularly to inspect the progress and resolve issues. Hands on and transparent communication is key for good projects and great experiences for all those involved. There are many related professionals and vendors that compliment the work of general contractors and work closely with contractors to ensure projects are run smoothly and accurately for desires as well as local permits and codes: Architects & Building Designers, Interior Designers & Decorators, Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers, Kitchen & Bath Designers, Specialty Contractors.

The right contractor is a necessity for successful completion of a renovation. Because of this, it’s essential that you do your homework and find the contractor that works well both with you and for your specific project needs. Inspect bids carefully. Was it ready when the contractor promised it? Was the bid for building a home unusually high or low? Each of these things can be very telling: A late bid may reflect timing standards, and an off-the-mark bid could be code for a pricey premium or a deliberate underbid to score the job and attach hidden costs later. Always carefully read reviews and visit completed projects (if both possible and practicable). Ensure that the quality and care provided is what you are looking to see on your projects. As a last step when you have chosen the Right Contractor for your job, read the contract very carefully to be sure everyone is on the same page.

Before hiring a contractor it is always a good idea to ask some key questions. Here is a list of some of the key questions we recommend that you ask to any potential contractors you are looking to work with.

Key Questions:

  1. How long have you been in the business?
  2. Have you completed any project similar to mine?
  3. Who will be working on the project?
  4. What some key qualities that you require in subcontractors?
  5. Can you provide me with references?
  6. Are you licensed and insured?
  7. How do you charge for a project?
  8. What happens when costs exceed budget, whether due to materials or labor pricing changes?
  9. Can you give me a written estimate?
  10. What do your services include?
  11. Can you provide a project timeline and completion date?
  12. What will I need to provide?
  13. Are there any important considerations or concerns you foresee with this project?
  14. What payment types do you accept?
  15. Do you require a down payment?

When you come to a meeting, any meeting be it personal or professional it is a good practice to know what you bring to the table and what your buying power is. Understand that a contract with your General Contractor is an obligation that needs to be met in a timely manner on both ends. When in doubt ask questions. Work with those people that give you the right feel and references to match the skill set that you are looking for. Renovation and Building is a highly personal adjustment and investment in your life. Make an educated choice. Ask the questions.

If you are ready to get a quote on your desired renovation projects or looking to find a good General Contractor to manage a project you are building you can get the process started today by completing a simple >>FORM<< online. If you have more questions or want to speak with a professional please give us a call at 702-714-1451.

Happy Renovating, and let us be the General Contractor you need and have been looking for!

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