When you start looking for a general contractor, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of options you find. First of all, make sure the general contractor you choose specializes in the type of construction you are undertaking. Residential construction is very different from commercial construction, and you want someone who will be able to do a quality job in the timeframe that you are working with. Always get multiple bids before choosing a contractor. If at any point, you feel like your general contractor is not doing the job you need, consider finding an alternative.
Here are some signs that you may need to consider finding a new general contractor:
- You try to check references or verify credentials and cannot.
- You do not feel satisfied with the portfolio or work history that is presented to you.
- Your contractor is not licensed or insured.
- Your contractor does not show up when he says he will show up.
- Your contractor does not have the skills or equipment needed to complete the job well.
- You are asked to make an immediate decision about hiring.
- You are asked to pay a large sum up front.
- You feel that your contractor acts unprofessionally or has a bad attitude.
Ultimately, you need to feel comfortable with the general contractor you choose for your project to be a success. If you have a bad feeling about the situation, don’t hire that contractor. Your contractor has so much responsibility– make sure you take your time in making this decision.