You always have a personal vision of your next building or remodeling project. A general contractor is the person who will help you bring that vision to life. Building is a complex process that has many stages and different parts that need to be taken care of on time and on a set budget. A general contractor will connect you to all of the other contractors you may need to complete the project. The right general contractor will make this process easy and simple, but the wrong one can give you a stressful experience filled with setbacks and budget cuts.
We prepared 4 main tips you should follow when choosing a general contractor.
Don’t let the price be the only factor
Construction firms may have a lot of hidden fees that will be added later in the process. Many contractors set low prices just to get the contract. They will ask for more money in the process, then it will be to late to look for another contractor. Lowest prices may also mean low quality. Contractors tend to use cheaper material to save some money. It may cause problems that will be even more expensive to fix in the future. Add reviews and experience of the contractor to your comparison list. Choosing a contractor only based on price will not always be that cheap as it seems in the beginning.
Ask for referrals
An experienced general contractor will always have a lot of clients who he worked with. Ask him about the previous projects and don’t be afraid to tell him that you will go check them out. Referrals will help you see the quality of your contractor’s work and show you what he’s good or bad at. If the contractor refuses to show you his previous work, it’s definitely a red flag.
Try to find out as many information as possible. Ask your contractor how he would solve the problem you have, why would he choose this way, etc. Qualified contractors will explain everything to you and show all the necessary examples. They won’t try to hide anything or lie to you. BRMasonry have prepared a list of questions you can ask your contractor:
- What is your experience in general contracting?
- What project are you currently working on?
- What is your experience in similar projects?
- How much time will it take to complete this project?
- How can we reduce the price? If we can’t, why?
You will obviously have more questions once you come up with a project you want to bring to life. Experienced contractor will not hesitate to answer all of them.
Set a payment schedule
One of the important things while working with a general contractor is a payment schedule. You obviously shouldn’t pay everything upfront and paying everything after the work is complete is also not an option. For big projects, a contractor may ask you to pay from 5% to 30% of the price. If they ask form a half or even more, they may have some financial problems. Payment schedules also depend on the size of the project. It varies when working on a small project. Be sure to talk it through before you start working with your contractor.
These 4 tips will help you choose the right contractor to complete any of your projects. Remember – price, referrals, questions and payment. Use these 4 factors to find the perfect general contractor.
BRMasonry team always finds a right way to deal with our clients. We can take care of project of any size. We are always open about our previous projects, you can even find them on our website. We will answer all of your questions and explain the answers to you. We work with any kind of budget. Contact us or give us a call at (609) 686-5577 to see how we can help you bring your project to life.