Saturday, February 11, 2012

Finding a General Contractor

Are you remodeling, working on home improvements or construction projects?  Do you need a general contractor?    What is a general contractor anyway?  General Contractors oversee the entire remodeling or construction project and facilitate all day-to-day tasks that move it towards completion.

I have personally never used a contractor.  My Dad and husband are my go to "general contracting handy men." If I had a major project or was taking on renovating or building my dream house I would definitely want one on hand.  Since, I have never hired a contractor I would not even know where to begin on the proper questions to ask before hiring.  Here are a few good questions to ask as suggested by

Questions to ask a prospective general contractor:
  • How long have you been in the business?
  • How many projects like mine have you completed?
  • Who will be working on the project?
  • What qualities do you look for in your subcontractors?
  • Can you provide me with references?
  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • How do you charge and what does that include?
  • What happens when costs exceed budget whether due to materials or labor pricing changes? What about changes made by the client or by the professionals; what kinds of situations would cause those costs to be incurred?
  • Can you provide me a written estimate?
  • What do your services include?
  • When can your job get done?
  • What happens when cost exceeds the budget?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any important considerations or concerns you foresee with this project?

How does Houzz help you in the process?  Houzz will help narrow your search for a general contractor  by area.  You will be able to see information about the contractor and view some of their work online.  This can definitely help you out if you are looking for a specific type of work or architecture design.  That's not all..if you are looking for a bathroom or kitchen contractor Houzz has a list for you with photos to go through.  If you are looking for an idea book they have one.   There is also a question page where you can write in questions and hopefully find the answer your looking for, a super product page for shopping and More on the Houzz website. 

Whether you are looking for design inspiration or someone to do the work Houzz has a ton of information right at your fingertips.  

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