5 Things to Know Before Hiring a General Contractor
The most challenging part of beginning a new construction project is finding a professionally licensed, reliable general contractor. Remodeling and renovating a home can be a stressful and pricey undertaking. Choosing the right general contractor can make a world of difference between having a successful project and a failure. Find out how to hire the right general contractor for your project to keep both of you accountable and happy.
Recommendations & Interviews
People who live in your surrounding area, and have completed similar projects to yours, are the best source to go to for references. They can give you a first-hand account of the quality of work provided from a general contractor they used.
Before hiring a general contractor, it is imperative to interview them. Asking questions and establishing the contractor’s credentials will help ensure they are qualified to complete the project at hand.
Several Bids from Contractors
Receiving a written bid from several contractors will paint a clearer picture of how they stack up against one other in terms of work. The proposals will provide a perspective on labor costs, materials, and permit fees to prevent issues from arising during the construction phase. You’ll be able to decipher which contractor offers marginal work versus who offers quality work, thus allowing you to pick the best contractor for your project.
Right Project for the Right Contractor
Looking for a contractor who regularly takes on projects of the same scale and type as yours is important. Someone who did a great job at renovating an outdoor deck isn’t necessarily the right person to remodel a master bathroom. That’s why it is crucial to investigate whether the contractor is a specialist or a general contractor to ensure their abilities are appropriate for your project.
Check Proper Permits
Most home renovations require a permit before starting construction. Never allow unpermitted work to be done as it not only violates local ordinances but subjects you to potential fines and prolonged labor. Unpermitted work can also cause problems if you sell your home in the future.
General contractors should always provide you with proof of liability insurance and worker’s compensation information if anything on the project goes wrong. It is essential to understand what is covered under the general contractor’s insurance and what is covered under your homeowner’s insurance. Protecting yourself by obtaining copies of all receipts for materials and a lien release for subcontractors and suppliers will benefit you if the contractor doesn’t pay.
Be Aware of Contract & Payment Schedule
Contracts should clearly outline the project in full detail, including blueprints, payment schedule, labor and materials fees, proof of insurance, start and completion dates, licensing, and lien releases. Having a written contract signed by both parties will provide a rigid timeline for contractors to stick to and enable homeowners to stick to their timeframe and budget. Insisting on a clear contract is the best way to ensure a positive client-contractor relationship and a successful renovation or remodel.
Are you looking to hire a reputable, licensed general contractor? At Morgan Contractors, no job is too big. From kitchen renovations to finished basements to fire repair, we can complete any project. Contact us today to set up a virtual estimate with one of our licensed professionals before your next home renovation and remodel.