Hiring a contractor is an important decision. Whether you’re remodeling your house, building a custom home or contracting a residential repair. The options can be overwhelming when searching for construction services. So, we wanted to share some tips with you that’ll show you how to find a general contractor to hire. When you’re comfortable with the team managing your project, the entire process goes a lot smoother.
There are a lot of things to consider when hiring a general contractor. The size and type of job are very important when choosing a contractor along with other considerations directly related to the contractor’s reputation in the valley.
The first thing you need to do when considering hiring a general contractor determines the size and type of job that you want to be done. Be careful to select a contractor that is qualified but not overqualified to do your job. For smaller jobs consider hiring a handyman. As long as the total cost for the job does not exceed $1000 it is safe to hire a handyman providing it does not involve any plumbing or electrical work. For anything over $1,000, Arizona state law requires that the individual you hire be licensed by the Arizona Registrar of contractors. This law is in place to protect your interest. Once you have decided to hire a general contractor be sure that your project is something he or she is qualified to do. There are a lot of specialty contractors in the valley, be sure yours is well versed at doing your type of job.
Once you have selected a general contractor for your job do your research. If you really want to find a good general contractor to hire then you’ll take the necessary steps to ensure they’re as advertised. We’d highly recommend that you begin your background check by checking them with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors. View all of the construction company’s reviews online and look into bad experiences. Ask for references from previous clients and businesses they’ve worked with in the past. Ask surrounding businesses in the neighborhood. Any reputable contractor in the valley should be able to provide you with references. Really good contractors will have support from the community. Ask to go see a job they recently did in your area. Talk to the homeowners. For the amount of money most projects cost, it’s a good idea to get a good feel for how the general contractor you have selected will handle your job.
And finally, ask for insurance certificates. Any general contractor you consider hiring should carry a blanket workman’s compensation policy and general liability insurance. The Workman’s comp policy covers anyone that sets foot on your job in the event of an accident involving personal injury to a worker. The general liability insurance policy covers damage to your home. If someone makes a mistake on the job site and your house is damaged you will be glad that you checked and made sure your contractor has General liability insurance.
It’s damaging to the industry every time an inexperienced contractor mismanages a construction project. We want to make sure every homeowner is cautious with these types of decisions. At the end of the day, people with great experiences tend to be more comfortable investing in similar projects down the road. Follow these simple steps to ensure you have a good general contractor on your team and your home improvement project should go smoothly and yield you years of enjoyment and satisfaction. Hopefully this helps you determine how to find a general contractor to hire. If you’re still looking for a construction company to hire, we’d love to learn more about your project.