Need help looking for the right general contractor for your renovation project? Find a good fit for your project with the steps below!
Research, Research, Research
You want to make sure that your contractor is the real deal and has the skills to complete your project. Research will help you narrow down your search to qualified professionals.
When researching, investigate information like how long the company has been in business and what their permanent address is. These will help you determine how legitimate the company is.
It is also helpful to read customer reviews. Look at what customers are saying about their projects and experiences. Are they happy? Do they like the way their projects turned out? Reviews are a great way to get honest feedback about companies.
Looking at the contractor’s previous work is another essential part of your research! Make sure that their previous projects are completed to a standard that you would be happy with. If their portfolio isn’t your style or doesn’t impress you, you’ll know they’re not the right fit.
Once you have your search narrowed down, call the contractors you are interested in. At this stage, it is important to ask questions. Asking questions helps ensure that you get what you are looking for. It also provides insight into how professional the company is. After all, there’s no better way to gauge customer service than directly interacting with it!
While speaking to contractors, be sure to have a list of questions prepared. You should ask questions like:
- Are they licenses?
- Do they have insurance?
- Have they done similar projects to yours?
- Do they have references that you can reach out to?
Make sure that your contractor provides a detailed contract. Contracts help protect your should anything go wrong with your project. For construction projects, it is important that they include how long the project will take, any risks, and the cost of labor and materials.
Contracts should include:
- Contact information
- Project start and end date
- Payment and financing options
- Schedule for the project
- List of materials and their costs
- Guarantee of all necessary permits
- Potential time conflicts
- Change order provisions
- Names of any subcontractors
- All information about warranties
- A “broom clause”
- A termination clause
Remember that you do not have to sign anything unless you are content and comfortable.
Orbit General Contracting
If you’re on the hunt for a contractor to help get your project done, consider Orbit General Contractors! Our home improvement experts do everything from remodeling bathrooms, kitchens, and basements to building custom decks, bars, and home offices. If you have a home improvement idea, we can help make it a reality! With Orbit, your home improvement ideas are all just a phone call away! Contact us today to start your project!