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.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a General Contractor?

The Richmond Times-Dispatch recently published an101 article on the rapid growth of the aging-in-place construction and remodeling industry. Written by Carol Hazard, the article offers an overview of aging-in-place concepts and discusses the benefits of planning ahead by adding accessibility features before the need for them arises. Many leaders in Richmond’s aging-in-place community are featured, including Marion Shackford with Adaptive Home Environments, Craig Toalson with the Home Building Association of Richmond, and HomeKeepers principals John Robertson and Lynn Ivey. Donna Edgerton, a past HomeKeepers client, was kind enough to share her experience with HomeKeepers for the story. Click here for the full article. Click here to see more pictures of the work we did with Donna.