5 Signs That You Are Hiring the Right General Contractor
General contractors can help you with a number of different projects, generally focusing on a variety of new construction and remodeling jobs e.g. constructing a room addition, giving your kitchen a complete makeover, performing tenant improvements, etc. They are central to the success of your project, that’s why finding the right one is crucial. Since there are general contractors available with all levels of ability, you will need to look for certain signs in order to make sure that you are hiring the right one.
Following are 5 signs that you are hiring the right general contractor:
No business will be around for long if it has a poor reputation and that is true for general contractors as well. Having plenty of experience handling construction projects like yours is the primary sign that the contractor you are hiring is the right one. If the contractor has experience in local projects, it is even better as you can talk to the suppliers and property owners your contractor works with to verify credibility.
Licensed and Insured
While not all states require general contractors to be licensed, a licensed contractor is a clear sign that they strive to meet all the requirements with licensing agencies. In addition to this, if the general contractor has liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance, it means they care about their employees and also want to protect their clients in case of an accident on their property. Both being licensed and insured means that you are hiring the right contractor.
Projects requiring the help of a general contractor are generally expensive. However, that doesn’t mean that you should choose a contractor with the lowest pricing. In fact, if a contractor offers significantly lower pricing, you should be suspicious of them because it often means insufficient labor or inferior materials. Good general contractors offer reasonable pricing, not the lowest.
Communicative and Accessible
Great general contractors are communicative and accessible. They know how important the project is for their clients so they keep them informed and treat them like they would want to be treated. This great communication begins with your first visit or call: it should be very easy for you to get a hold of the contractor. If the contractor is not accessible to begin with, move on. It is likely that you would have just as hard a time communicating with them throughout your project.
If the general contractor you are hiring listens to your needs, answers all your questions, and takes the time to explain problems or procedures you are unfamiliar with, then it is a sign that he is the right choice for you. All these traits are part of the superior service and quality that great contractors strive to offer.
Any remodeling or new construction project is miserable without the right general contractor. You want to hire a contractor who will keep your best interests at heart and ensure that you get the best quality work possible. The above-mentioned signs will help you determine whether or not the contractor you are about to hire is the right one.
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