You will want to select the right contractor for your home or business renovation project so you can have confidence in the outcome. A general contractor should be well-versed in construction and remodel projects of all kinds, but some prefer to specialize in certain types of jobs. It can be a challenge to find the right general contractor, but we will share tips today that can help:
- Size/Type of project. For a large-scale project, you will need a general contractor, and he or she may then hire subcontractors for any specialty work, such as electrical or plumbing. If you have renovation experience, you may want to work as your own general contractor and just hire tradespeople for each job. While this may save you money, it will be time-consuming. If you are focusing on an outdoor kitchen/deck project, you may want to find a contractor that specializes in this kind of work.
- Word of mouth. Your friends, relatives, and neighbors can provide references and are often your best resource. You can also ask people in the building industry, and employees of local hardware stores may also know some great people who do great work, as well as those companies/contractors who are known for their expertise in certain kinds of jobs.
- Interviews. Interview at least three contractors, and ask lots of questions. You should also get a written bid from each for comparison. Don’t be afraid to negotiate, either.
- Background Research. General contractors and subcontractors should be licensed, but it depends on the state and municipality in which you live. Contact your area disciplinary boards, the Better Business Bureau, and your local court records to find if there have been any issues or litigation. Your contractor should be able to provide a copy of his or her license and copies of those for any subcontractors who will be working on your project.
When it comes to your home or business improvement or repair project, our Ascension General Contractors team is here to help. We have the skills and experience necessary to complete your particular project, and we are also a full-service repair company. Call us today and let’s get started!