Month: October 2019
Hiring a General Contractor
When embarking on any construction project, the most important decision you will make will often be hiring a general contractor. Finding the right contractor for your project involves a few key considerations:
- Your level of comfort with the contractor and his employees. Do you feel that they understand your goals for the project? Will their personalities be a good fit for you?
- The contractor’s experience. How long has the contractor been working in the industry? What kind of projects do they typically build? What styles of work do they specialize in?
- What level of quality work do they produce? What is the square footage of their typical house? What finishes and materials do they work with? This will often be reflected in the next point.
- What kind of pricing does the contractor offer? What is the average price per square foot for their homes? Do they offer fixed price or cost-plus contracts? Do they provide free estimates or charge a fee?
This article from Houzz on how much it costs to hire a general contractor is a great resource for more information to help with your decision.
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