What to Know When Hiring a Residential General Contractor

general contractorHiring the right or wrong residential general contractor can mean the difference between a project finished on time and with budget, and a nightmare. If you take the time to do your research, you have a head start at making the best decision for you and your property.

Some essential tips when hiring a residential general contractor are:

  • Know your contractor’s credentials – simply looking at the name of your contractor can tell you so much about them. Abbreviations behind their names usually represent certifications from national trade organizations. Also, when hiring a contractor, insist that they be licensed, bonded and insured. This protects you, the property owner, from being held liable if a member of the crew gets injured on the job.


  • Making a connection – Make sure that your contractor is someone that you can have open and honest conversations with. If they understand your goals and are on your team, then you will end up being much more satisfied with the job that is done. Regular conversations through whatever communication channels you are both comfortable with, be it email, phone, and/or text messages should be a standard practice for your contractor.


  • Price equals quality – The vast majority of the time, you get what you pay for when hiring a contractor. This does not mean that you have to work outside of your budget. After choosing a contractor be upfront about your budget and where you will draw the line when it comes to expenses. It’s helpful if you do your research about realistic pricing for the options you are choosing. Can’t afford to do it all at once? Take into account the advantage of splitting the project into phases and completing over time. If it’s not in your immediate budget, it may have to wait.


  • Get it all in writing – Having a contract protects both you and the contractor. Having set deadlines for phases of the project, costs, arrangements for payment, project description, and having your contractor’s license number on these documents are just a few of the things that should be outlined and signed before starting any project. Additionally, ensure everything has been completed at the conclusion of the project by scheduling a final walkthrough. Once you are satisfied, final payment can be made and will clear you of any claims or liability.


  • Keep your goal in mind – Renovation can be disruptive to the normal flow of your life. Keep in mind to be courteous to your neighbors, and prepare yourself for dust, debris and disorder in your home. Also be prepared to answer a lot of questions about what you want your end result to look like. Doing all of these will ensure that you’re keeping the finish line in mind and keep you from getting bogged down in the stress.

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