When you decide to make changes to your home or add more to the home’s structure, you will need to hire a general contractor to oversee the project to make sure it follows your city’s codes. The contractor will be the one who helps you plan the project, orders the supplies and either does the work or hires subcontractors to do the work. General contractors are in charge of things like installing major home systems such as heating, electrical and plumbing. Many contractors find work through sites like renovationexperts.com where they can find many construction project leads.
One of the best ways to find a general to hire for your project is by asking friends and family for referrals. If they have used a contractor before and had a good experience, then you can ask them for the name and number of the contractor and set up an initial meeting and get an estimate.
Contact Building Inspector
A great way to find reputable contractors is by contacting your local building inspector. They might be able to personally recommend builders in your area. The local building inspectors are very familiar with the local contractors who routinely meet or do not meet the building code requirements.
Check The BBB
The Better Business Bureau is a great place to get information about potential contractors. On the BBB website, you will be able to find out if there are any negative reviews for the contractor and check out their overall customer satisfaction. Additionally, you should check to see if each contractor is up-to-date with their contractor’s license. Do not consider using any contractor who doesn’t have a valid license to do work in your local area.
Once you have a few contractors that you are considering, you should have them submit bids for the project that you want done. Compare their quoted prices and estimates for project completion. Most contractors will need at least a ten percent down payment. If you find that a contractor is asking for a lot more than that, this could be a possible sign that they are having financial difficulties.
Once you have picked a contractor and placed your down payment, be sure to prepare a contract with them. A good contractor will be sure that all terms and conditions of the project are written down in the contract and easy to understand. The contract should also include things like the payment schedule, types of materials used and the possible work completion date.