Hiring a general contractor (GC) to help with a construction project is a smart way to ensure the project goes smoothly and efficiently. A general contractor is typically responsible for day-to-day oversight of the project, as well as quality control. Hiring the right GC is an important decision, so how can you be sure you are hiring the one who is the perfect fit for your project?
Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
1. Do Your Research
First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure your GC is properly licensed and insured. In addition, you’ll want to find individuals who have experience with your specific type of project. Finding references and analyzing previously-completed projects can also be extremely beneficial. Make sure to talk with family, friends, and neighbors for recommendations too.
2. Conduct your own Interviews
After gathering a list of potential GCs, make a call to each of the prospects to talk to them personally. Ask questions like, “Have you completed projects of this size before?” “What is your experience with these kinds of projects?” “How long have you been working with your subcontractors and technicians?” The answers to these questions will help you determine the company’s reliability, expertise, and commitment to the job.
3. Ask for References
Ask your potential contractors for a list of previous clients. Reach out to these references and ask about the contractor’s service performance, quality, and timeliness. This is your opportunity to find out about the contractor’s characteristics firsthand.
4. Compare Bids
Ask all of your potential hires to break down the cost of the project. Compare the bids, and see how they would spend money on materials, labor, and other expenses. But don’t let the lower price be your only guide in the decision-making process. A lowball bid can mean the contractor is cutting corners or is desperate for work, neither of which are encouraging.
5. Put it in Writing
Sign a proposal before any work starts. Make sure to outline a contract that details every step of the project— cost, payment schedule, a projected start and end date, proof of liability insurance and a requirement for the contractor to get lien releases from his subcontractors (This will protect you if the contractor doesn’t pay his own bills.)
If you are currently searching for a general contractor for your construction or renovation project, keep MaintenX in mind. We have the expertise and organization to ensure your project goes smoothly and efficiently. To learn more about us and the services we offer, please call 855-751-0075.