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How Do You Find a Home Contractor that Will Get the Job Done?

By on May 23, 2016 in Featured, Home Remodel

That depends! Are you looking for a general contractor or contractors specializing in a particular trade, like flooring or painting? How you answer that question will have everything to do with what role you plan on playing.

Being Your Own General Contractor:

contractor installs new tub beneath a sloped bathroom ceilingIf you intend to be the general contractor and hire subcontractors with whom you have no prior relationship, be prepared to cater to their needs. More often than not, you will need them more than they need you. Subcontractors like steady work. Therefore, most of them have developed a lucrative list of well-established general contractors and home builders who keep them busy. You also had better be satisfied with their work when they finish and collect their final draw, because the odds of getting them back for touch-ups and corrections are slim to none.

Hiring a general contractor, on the other hand, relieves you of having to apply for permits, being responsible for finding, interviewing, hiring and scheduling the various subcontractors, acquiring insurance, estimating the project, purchasing materials, arranging deliveries, making payrolls, etc. In a nut shell, a good general contractor is worth his weight in gold.

Learning what a general contractor knows takes years and does not come cheap. There were times throughout my career when costly mistakes were made at my own expense. You, on the other hand, do not have to roll the dice in hopes that all will go well. Finish reading this ebook, make plenty of notes, and by all means find an experienced general contractor to do the job. You will dramatically stack the odds for success in your favor.

So, where do you find a good general contractor? There was a time when I would suggest calling the local builders’ association first for a current list of builders who do remodeling. However, you will save a lot of time nowadays by just searching the internet for those who promote their remodeling business. You can also inquire at the pro desk at The Home Depot, Lowes or your local lumber yard.

However, most successful general contractors may not need these types of referrals. Instead, they largely rely on word of mouth advertising to stay busy. So, ask around for a referral!
List everyone you can find in two categories – general contractors and sub-contractors.

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