How to Hire the Right General Contractor

Hiring the Right General Contractor

So you’re in need of a general contractor for your next project.  Whether it’s a residential renovation, or a commercial construction project, you want to make sure that you have the best contractor on the site.  For obvious reasons, the right general contractor on the job can make all the difference in the world, and the wrong general contractor can be your worst nightmare.   Here are a few things to consider when hiring a general contractor that will save you thousands of trips to Home Depot, and hours of YouTube trying to learn how to do it yourself.

Check Reviews

Reviews are a quick and easy way to find out the quality of a general contractor.  There is nothing more useful than what another customer says about their experience with the business.  Comparing reviews of different companies will show you which companies are credible and provide excellent customer service, and which company failed to meet their client’s expectations.

The more reviews the better.  A company who has 20 reviews with an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 stands out compared to another company who has 3 reviews of 5 stars out of 5.  You can clearly see which business has more experience and is more reputable.

Check Licensing and Insurance

One of the first question you should ask a general contractor is proof of their license and insurance.  In most states, contractors must provide proof of insurance before receiving a license to operate as a business.  If the contractor isn’t properly licensed, bonded and insured, then you’ll want to avoid hiring them because you can be liable for any damages that occur throughout the construction.

Not only should you have the contractor provide the proper paperwork, but it’s important to review the contractor’s completed project to check the quality of work.  This will help you vision the type of work the contractor will perform for your job, and you can see whether or not it’s the right fit before hiring.

Read the Contract!

To state the obvious, you need to actually read the contract after receiving a few bids from general contractors.  The contract should itemize the project with costs, dates, and estimated time of completion.  Reading the contract will make an educated client, and is something you can refer to if the general contractor does not follow through with what is written in the contract.

The contract is legally binding, which is why client’s need to know what is written.