5 Tips to Hire the Right General Contractor

January 9, 2017

 

Planning your next home remodel can sometimes be a nerve-racking process. Not only do you have to choose all the detailed materials and how the new kitchen or bathroom will look, but you also have to choose the right general contractor to work with. Finding the right team can be challenging. Here are some tips on how to find the right general contractor.

 

#1. Make sure they are licensed.

The right general contractor should be fully licensed and registered with the state, bonded, and insured to protect you and your investment. A licensed general contractor has passed extensive requirements including classes, tests and verifiable work experience. A non-licensed person may have little or no construction education or experience. A licensed general contractor is able to obtain building permits where as a non-licensed person cannot acquire building permits. You can find their license number on business cards, bids, and websites. You can also go to your state licensing board website to check that their licensed number is valid. Having a licensed general contractor is crucial for a smooth project.

 

#2. Don’t just take the lowest bid.

A low bid may be a mistake or a quote on less than the full scope of the project. Accepting a low bid usually means you will be hit with change orders during the project asking for more money. Accepting an abnormally low bid could lead to trouble down the road. Make sure to get more than one bid. Click HERE to get a free estimate from reputable CMofSD.

 

#3. Ask for referrals from friends and family.

Asking friends and family is one of the best ways to find a contractor. Chances are they have already worked with a credible company like CMofSD and can vouch for a job well done.

 

#4. Check on your contractor’s bonds.

California contractors must have license bonds of at least $12,5000, which are applied to all their jobs, not just yours. Make sure to ask your contractor for this information.

 

#5. Keep records of all payments.

Make sure to keep track of all payments made and don’t sign anything until you’re completely confident in the terms. Make sure to not make the final payment until the entire project is complete.

 

Construction Management of San Diego has been fully licensed, bonded and insured for over 30 years. We promise to meet your needs, your time frame and, most importantly, your budget all while exceeding your expectations. Call us today to start your next project!

 

 

 

 

 

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