It can be difficult to build a house. The HVAC system, roofing, cabinets, and everything else are just a few of the numerous factors to take into account. In addition to engaging subcontractors for specific tasks, obtaining permits, and managing code inspections, a general contractor may manage all the details of building a home.
BEFORE HIRING A GENERAL CONTRACTOR
Because general contractors normally charge between 10% and 20% of the total contract price, or between $29,000 and $58,000, you want to be sure you have the correct individual for the task. You should have as much information ready before contacting contractors.
Count On Word-Of-Mouth
Asking around is an excellent way to start your search for a general contractor. You probably know someone who has worked with them in the past and enjoyed them, so you already have a reference for their work. Another useful resource is the website of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).
Pick Up The Phone
Once you have a list, you may call and ask some of your questions before scheduling a time in your schedule to see them in person. Asking for financial references, finding out if they’re prepared to recommend clients, and finding out whether they accept projects of your size and scale are all important questions to ask at this point.
Schedule a Meeting
Make a list of at least three general contractors you’d want to meet with and request quotations from based on your phone interviews. Building a house is not like a straightforward remodeling project; you will be working with this individual for at least six months, so now is a good time to ensure that you communicate well.
Questions to Ask Your Contractor
The face-to-face meeting is the perfect opportunity to lay out all of your concerns and obtain a general timetable for your project. Some excellent inquiries to make are:
- How long has your company been around?
- How many homes do you construct annually?
- Are you licensed and insured?
- How long will the project take?
- What time does work begin and end each day?
- What is your contact information, and how fast do you respond?
- How will you protect the construction site?
Check Credentials And References.
To find out if your contractor has been the subject of any complaints, start by contacting the Better Business Bureau or the consumer protection office in your state. Once you have a sense of how their projects went, you may start contacting their clients. Visit an active project site if you can to observe how things are progressing there.
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