What makes a general contractor good? To start with, we should probably break down what a general contract does. The scope of his/her work includes organizing all sub-contractors, or the people that do specific jobs during the building or remodel process, like the window installation company, the painters, the tile copmanies and more. Their job is to keep your project on time and on budget. Like any job there are good contractors and not so good contractors. Below are a few things to look out for when considering a company for your home remodel or your new home construction:
1. Knowledge of Construction. If your general contractor is not familiar with construction, he/she won’t know if the sub-contractors are doing a good job. Leaks in the roof, drafty doors and windows, interior leaks and shoddy work can all happen if a contractor doesn’t know what to look for. Be sure whoever you hire has a construction background and understands how quality work is done. Ask questions before you hire anybody.
2. Good communication skills. Remember, this is the person who will become your voice. He/she will be communicating your vision and needs to everyone else who comes in to work on your home. They need to understand what you are looking for and then share that in a way that makes what you want happen.
3. A solid group of sub-contractors. Most general contractors, who have been in business for a while, have a group of sub-contractors they work with on a regular basis. This means there is trust and knowledge of how and how quickly they work. Things generally run more smoothly when people have worked together before.
4. Knowledge of necessary permits for the area. Every state and city has different rules and regulations regarding building and additions/expansions …