Tips for Homeowners to Find the Best General Contractors

31 Mar Tips for Homeowners to Find the Best General Contractors

More than half of homeowners on Houzz renovated their homes in 2014, and most of them probably know that when it comes to doing any extensive home renovation project, the first step is to find reliable and reputable general contractors. Finding a general contractor is critical to making sure you’re getting the best quality construction and contractor services. If you’re unsure of where to start when it comes to finding a general contractor, look no further — we’ve got you covered.

First, you should understand that hiring remodeling contractors or residential contractors usually isn’t cheap. If you see a price that seems too good to be true, it most likely is. With home renovations, you don’t want to save money and sacrifice quality. Understand that you’ll most likely have to pay more than average to get the best quality contractor and that home renovations don’t come cheap. Don’t question whether or not it’s worth it to shell out the extra money for a contractor with better reviews or positive feedback — it always is.

Next, be aware of the responsibilities your contractor will have to abide by and make sure they’re properly equipped for the job, both physically and mentally. A general contractor’s responsibilities usually include estimating costs, negotiation, coordinating and scheduling subcontractors and trades, troubleshooting any problems that may arise, interpreting the specifications of the plan, obtaining the proper permits and paperwork, determining a payment schedule, managing subcontractors potential subcontractors, time management, and much more. If they seem in any way unsure or unable to manage these responsibilities, bail immediately and find someone who can. Home renovations are something you want to get right, and get right the first time.

Finally, it can’t be emphasized enough — be selective. Ask family and friends, coworkers, and neighbors for their best contractor reviews. Remember that a lot can be at stake if something goes wrong. Keep in mind that the larger the project, the more time you should spend looking for the right contractor. Another idea is to hire them for a small job first if you’re unsure if they’re a good fit or not.

Remember: working with a contractor is like a short-term marriage. You’re inviting someone into your home for weeks or months at a time, and that requires a degree of intimacy. A lot more goes into home renovation than simply picking out new countertops. In the best case scenario, not only will your home’s value increase, but your quality of life will increase as you feel more at home in your home.

Finding the right general contractor for your home renovations can surely be a hassle, but you should not take any shortcuts. Ask all the questions and take all the time you need to feel comfortable with your decision. And remember, communication is key.

2 Comments
  • Taylor Bishop
    Posted at 08:02h, 11 September Reply

    Thanks for going over some things to think about when getting a general contractor. I appreciate that you mentioned to learn what some of the responsibilities of a general contractor, like if they manage subcontractors or the different interpretations of plan specifics. It sounds like that this information could be beneficial to you as well, especially so that you can talk and discuss about it. It seems like it’s a great way to make sure that the project can run well.

  • Jay Jorgenson
    Posted at 16:27h, 11 September Reply

    I agree that it’s critical to check with family and friends before hiring a contractor. I’ve made the mistake in the past of just going for the cheapest person and was disappointed. I’m looking to refinish my pouch patio and want to make sure it’s done right this time around. Great article!

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