A general contractor is a crucial asset in any construction project. No matter how big or small your project is, you need to hire an experienced and professional contractor. Hiring the wrong contractor may lead to inferior work, project delays, and even legal problems.
Hiring a general contractor
1. Make Sure the Contractor is Licensed, Insured and Qualified
Hiring a licensed and insured general contractor presents you with many additional protections. Having a license ensures the credibility and knowledge of the contractor. The general contractor must possess a minimum amount of experience and must pass some tests before obtaining the license.
By checking and verifying the contractor’s licensing, you will be in most times assured of a financially responsible, competent, and honest worker. You must also look at the qualifications of the contractor. The contractor must be willing to share the qualifications and necessary staff details with you. This will keep you on a level playing field with the general contractor.
2. Price is not always everything
You must never hire a general contractor based on their estimated costs and charges alone. Some general contractors are inexperienced and not permanently established. They may not be regularly employed due to their inexperience and will want to take any job that comes their way.
These contractors will always be willing to reduce their price estimates and charges to very low levels. The cheapest offer is not always the best, and this is not the best strategy when hiring a general contractor. This cost difference may be reflected in the low quality of work, missed deadlines, or substandard materials.
3. Make Sure there is Clear Communication
The general contractor must be willing to have a written agreement in place. You must ensure that the terms are clear, in writing and your personal interests are protected. While oral agreements can be used, it is advisable to have formal written contract that shows clear communication between you and the contractor.
The contractor must indicate how the work will be done, the type of materials that will be used, and the deadline for the project. The contractor must also have a special communication arrangement in the case of emergencies and must always keep you updated.…