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Tips to Help You Find a Suitable General Contractor When choosing a general contractor, you have to consider a number of important things first. Of course, the contractor’s ability and suitability for the job are major points and if the contractor’s price is worth it. But nothing comes easy, even general contractors, so you will have to search high and low for a contractor who meets your requirements and budget. You will always encounter two types of general contractors: Someone whose high quality of work means sky-high prices and a contractor whose low fees mean, well, low quality of work. But don’t lose heart as there are contractors out there who will certainly meet your criteria. Here’s what you can do to find the perfect general contractor for you: List down potential contractors.
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You can start by asking friends or colleagues for recommendations. It’s a good start if you know someone who has hired a general contractor who did a good job. Building supply stores may give recommendations and there’s always the internet to rely on.
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Review the qualifications of each contractor on the list. Make sure they have these two basic things that all good general contractors have: an insurance policy and of course, a contractors license. Have a conversation with them face to face so you can discuss the expectations you have and if they fit your requirements. Don’t hesitate to ask for references so you can ask them for testimonies. When checking the references, you can ask if you can come over to inspect the contractor’s work. By visiting, you can examine the results closely and if they are good enough for you. You can always ask over the phone for a feedback but would you be able to verify if it was, in fact, a customer? Often times, the contractor will have worked on his house, so don’t be shy to ask if you can come visit. He’ll probably want to show off his hard work if it turned out great. Ask for a quotation from each of the contractors. Before hiring that contractor who has a low bid, think if you would rather pay less today then pay much more later on when that contractor’s crappy work collapses. Be wary of those who bid ridiculously low prices – sometimes they are newbies in the business and so they don’t have much experience or none at all. They would not be recommended for large-scale projects because they have not acquired the necessary experience for such projects. Those who also don’t have a good reputation in the industry will also be offering low prices so they can still get customers and hopefully reverse their image. Therefore, price should not be the most important factor to consider when choosing which general contractor to hire.

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