Essential Questions to Ask Your General Contractor

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Building a home from the ground up or renovating an existing property can be a huge financial investment. There’s no question that you’d want to get your money’s worth out of this project. Unless you’re a seasoned home constructor, you’ll need someone to guide you through the complex process of building a home or undertaking a renovation. That person is a general contractor. Here are some important questions to ask your potential contractor to find the right person for the job.

“Are you licensed to do this kind of work?”

Contractors are required to register with their respective state in order to be legally allowed to conduct business, whether that business has to do with roof installation or custom railings. Asking to see a copy of their license should be the first thing you do to ensure that the contractor you’ll be potentially hiring is who they say they are. For extra security, give the issuing authority a call to make sure it isn’t an expired license and that the person who it belongs to is in good standing.

“May I see a list of references?”

A dependable contractor will have no problem furnishing you with a list of credible references. If they can’t provide you with one, you may have to pass up on their services or at least manage your expectations. It’s crucial to talk to former clients about their experience with your potential general contractor. This gives you an idea of the quality of their service, how much they’ll charge you, and what they’re capable of doing for you.

“What is the expected cost of this project?”


Of course, you’ll need to ask for a quote before you go through with a project. You might find that their asking price is too high compared to someone else who can offer the same quality of work at a more affordable price range. If the price satisfies you, make sure to get it in writing and always check to see that every expenditure is meticulously detailed so you know exactly what you’re spending on. Keep an eye out for suspiciously low prices compared to other contractors though. You just might get what you pay for.

“What kinds of insurance do you have?”

Your contractor should offer both workers’ compensation insurance and general liability insurance. Workers’ compensation protects you from liability in the event that someone gets hurt while working on your home. General liability insurance protects your property in case an accident occurs. Always ask to see a copy of your contractor’s insurance policy certificate to make sure it’s adequate for your security and protection. As with their license, ensure that the certificate is up-to-date and authentic by contacting the issuing authority.

“Will you secure all the necessary building permits?”

Not all contractors include securing the required permits and requirements for you in their services. Check beforehand if they do to avoid any miscommunication. Otherwise, if you have to do it yourself, you can just ask for a checklist of what you’ll need, which they most likely will be able to provide you. It might take a while before you receive the necessary documents, so you have to start collecting all the necessary paperwork as soon as possible.

Get the dream home you’ve always wanted by making sure you have the best person for the job. Asking these questions ensures that you’ll find the right contractor for your needs.


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