Whenever you decide to start building your dream home or just remodel your existing house, the most crucial step is to find a good general contractor. Successful completion of your renovation project will highly depend on the general contractor’s skills, experience and professionalism. How do you find a good and reliable contractor? There are few options that will help you to choose right contractor for your project: Do you want to learn more? Visit General Contractor
- Ask your friends, relatives and neighbors for advice.
If somebody you know have gone through remodeling or building new house, they will be happy to help you choose right contractor.
- Check with a local building supplies stores.
Most likely you will find a stand with business cards from local contractors. Also you can talk to the store clerk and ask for recommendation.
- Use online search.
There are online services that can help you to find licensed contractor. You can search for general contractor by your state, zip code or city.
Now you need to make a list of at least 5-6 general contractors and pre-qualify them by calling and asking few questions. Make sure that all candidates licensed and insured for worker’s compensation, property damage and personal liability. After the screening your potential contractors, schedule a meeting with 2-3 contractors and ask them to bring proof of his/her documentation:
o Current General Contractors License, Current Work Comp Insurance and Liability Insurance o Check if the contractor is member of the local builder association or a member of the Better Business Bureau o Ask the contractor to provide references of his previous jobs as well as pictures of his work portfolio
Next step is very important. Spend some time talking to every general contractor, making sure to explain him your vision of the project, what your budget is and a timeframe for completion the project. The contractor will need as much information as possible from you to make his bid on a job.
Before selecting your contractor, you will need 2-3 proposals based on exactly the same plans and specifications you discussed earlier with each contractor. All the agreements and verbal promises should be put in writing to protect all parties involved on your project.
Now that you have all necessary information about contractors and their proposals on hand it’s time to choose the builder and sign the contract and let your new general contractor start the project.