General Contractors

Tips for hiring home contractors

Remodeling your home is an easier task if the renovations are limited to a single room, but extensive remodeling will require the expertise of a general contractor unless you have extensive construction experience.

Hiring a Home Contractor

Looking for trustworthy home contractors can be a daunting task, but to get the job done right, it's important to do your research. First, do you have any friends who've hired home remodeling contractors recently? Were they pleased or displeased? Do they have recommendations? Friends and family can be an invaluable resource in finding good general contractors.

Speaking with a home inspection professional is also a good idea because they will have some idea of the general contractors in your area whose work is consistently up to code. You can also check for a list of members through the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

Once you've compiled a list of candidates, call the home contractors and ask them the same set of questions. Can they supply a list of references? Are they handling a lot of projects at the same time? Is your project too big for them? Too small? Have their subcontractors worked with them for very long?

It's always best to check with your local branch of the Better Business Bureau before hiring a home remodeling services contractor. If there has been an excessive number of complaints filed against them, avoid potential problems and cross that person off the list.

Working with a Home Contractor

Communication is the key to any relationship, and this is especially true when working with your general contractor. Being as detailed and specific as possible will eliminate a lot of errors and disputes. Clarifying all aspects of a job should be done before your home remodeling services contractor begins any work.

More than likely, you will need to obtain a building permit for the work being done on your house. Usually, the general contractor is responsible for this, but it is best to ask and make sure. Building code legalities and building permits must all be taken care of before any work can begin. As a homeowner, you are subject to fines and other penalties if city inspectors find that any parts of your home are not up to code.