Finding a Reliable General Contractor
Choosing the best general contractor to work with can be a daunting task. This is due to the fact that in the current market the is no shortage of contractor and getting a reputable one can be compared to finding your soul mate which is not easy. You have probably heard a lot of stories of awful contractors who messed up in residential projects, therefore it is best that you choose the right contractor for your project. Whether you will have a successful residential remodeling project or a disaster will be determined by the general contractor you hire. When choosing a general contractor for your home remodeling project or construction, it is important you consider the following factors.
Before you get estimates or ask for referrals it is essential that you first know what you want. Ensure that you have a plan and some ideas about your project, this should be done before consulting any contractors. This will enable you to come up with accurate estimates since you will be very specific with what you what and what materials you want to be used for the project.
To get a reliable general contractor it is best that you ask friends, relatives and colleagues at work. For the best results ask those for referrals from individuals who have done similar projects to what you are doing. The best way to do this is ask about the project, how the whole experience was with their contractor and whether they can recommend the contractor to someone else. You can also ask any person you know in the building industry for referrals.
After getting referrals from your co-workers and family, ensure that from the list, you interview a few of the contractors. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, if possible it is best that you ask a lot of them and from each ensure that you get a written bid. It Is important that you focus on how the contractor communicates to you as he answers your questions, and see if they see keen in creating a rapport and have genuine interest in assisting you to get your needs satisfied. When you compare the bids ensure that they all have the same items, tasks, and materials so that you get an accurate result and choose the one that are reasonable not necessarily cheaper.
Before you start working with any general contract, check if he or she is licensed. it is essential also that you check if the complaint and litigation history of the general contractor, the Better Business Bureau can help you with this.
Before committing to any contractor, it is important that there is contract that is signed by party involved and ensure that details are well written down about, the materials needed, who will provide the material, payment process and the job to be done by the general contractor.