Choosing the Right Home Remodeling General Contractor
What is a General Contractor?
A general contractor is responsible for the means by which a construction project is completed in accordance with the contractual documents. The general contractor is often responsible for supplying the materials, labor, equipment, and services necessary to complete the construction project. It is also commonplace for the general contractor to subcontract part of the work to other persons or companies who specialize in these types of work.
Gather some knowledge. Get a number of bids so you can understand the going rate for the work you are looking to complete. Don't just accept the lowest bid automatically. The bitterness of poor quality lasts much longer than the sweetness of low price. Some surveys have in fact shown that people who automatically hired the lowest bidder generally got poorer work.
Get an estimate. The estimate should detail the product, material, labor costs, and should provide a timetable. Material and product allowances should detail both prices and quantities.
Get references. Be sure to check references from recent and past jobs. Reputable contractors will gladly supply names and contact information for satisfied customers. Older job references will give you a good idea of how their work holds up over time.
Verify proper licensing and insurance. Make sure that your selected contractor has all local and state licensing to propoerly complete your project. Ask for information regarding the contractor's general liability insurance and their workers-compensation insurance.
Check the Better Business Bureau. Make sure that no complaints have been filed. You may also want to contact your state's attorney general's office.
Obtain a contract. A written contract will provide a record of what work is to be completed and the associated costs of completing that job. Never sign a blank contract or one with blank spaces. Make sure that you receive a copy of the contract for your records.
Pay by check. Write out the check to the contracting company and not to any individual. A reasonable down payment is 30 percent of the total project.
Make final payments only when work is completed to your satisfaction. A reputable contractor will no threaten you or pressure you to sign documents if the job is not finished properly.
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