My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
Getting ready to build a new house is exciting. It can also be stressful. There are a lot of things that you need to do, including choosing contractors. You may want to go with a general contractor, which can relieve some of the stress off you. If you decide to go with that, what should you look at to help you make the right decision?
A general contractor is the person who rides herd on all the other contractors, like plumbers, electricians, and drywallers. The general contractor will make sure that the project keeps on schedule and within budget. They may already have sub-contractors who they generally work with, which will make it easier to get everything done. After you know what the general contractor is, what should you look at to find the right general contractor?
One thing that you should do is ask to see their portfolio. That will show homes and buildings that they have already built. Ideally, the portfolio will have several pictures of each structure, including interior and exterior photos. The portfolio should also hopefully include references from the owners of the structures.
State Licensing Board/Better Business Bureau
The state licensing board and the BBB are the two main places where people will file complaints against any contractors. They should have a database or searchable record of complaints made against various contractors. You can look at those databases or ask for a search to be done. That will let you know what complaints may have been made. If there are any complaints, you may want to look at each complaint and compare it against any others.
Not only will the licensing board or Better Business Bureau tell you any complaints against contractors, they are likely to also tell you any awards that the contractor may have won. Those awards can range from things like a union contractor of the year award to state awards which cite how well the general contractor does their job and help their clients.
If you are wanting to build a house, a general contractor can make the job easier. You just have to talk to one person to make sure that the whole job gets done. They handle all the sub-contractors and make sure that their jobs are done right. Finding and working with the right home builder general contractor may even get your house built faster than you expected.