What to Expect When Hiring a General Contractor

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About the Author: David Perrotti

Dave has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, is a Bestselling Home Improvement Author on Amazon, and constantly seeks to reinvent the remodeling industry. As a veteran of the Army and Air Force, Dave operates his business, Fine Home Contracting, on the core army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.

Hiring a general contractor can be an intimidating process. It’s important to know what to expect and to be prepared with the right questions. Whether you’re looking at a minor remodel or a complete home renovation, it can be difficult to tell if you need a handyman, design-build contractor, interior designer, or all-in-one contractor service.

The following article offers an outline of the process of searching for and hiring a general contractor. It discusses important factors to consider, such as contract negotiation, communication, and project timeline.

What Is a General Contractor?

While construction is taking place, the general contractor is typically responsible for:

  1. Overseeing construction work according to contract specifications
  2. Keeping the project on schedule
  3. Coordinating specialty contractor timing
  4. Inspecting construction quality and/or scheduling inspections
  5. Making payments to specialty contractors and vendors
  6. Collecting and tracking lien waivers

Overall, a GC’s role during construction is to make sure that everyone is working well together and reacting to challenges that could negatively affect the schedule or budget. (Source: https://www.procore.com/library/general-contractor-definition)

Benefits of Working with a General Contractor

  • A general contractor can save time and money by procuring materials and subcontractors in bulk
  • A general contractor will have experience in estimating costs, scheduling, and coordinating subcontractors
  • They will be able to provide a single point of contact for all involved parties

Qualities to Look for in a General Contractor

  • Look for a contractor with extensive experience in the type of construction project being undertaken
  • Make sure the contractor has a good reputation and is insured and licensed
  • One of the best places to check for contractor reviews is on online review sites such as Yelp, Google My Business, and Angie’s List. You can also check the contractor’s website for testimonials and reviews from past clients. Additionally, you may want to ask for references from the contractor and contact them directly to ask about their experience with the contractor’s services. Remember to take all reviews with a grain of salt and consider the overall reputation of the contractor before making a decision.
  • Look for a contractor who is organized and knowledgeable about building codes and regulations

Questions to Ask a General Contractor

  • What is their experience in the type of project being undertaken?
  • What is their process for scheduling and coordinating subcontractors?
  • Are they insured and licensed?
  • To check if a contractor is licensed and insured in Connecticut, you can visit the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection website. On their website, you can search for a contractor’s license by their name or license number. You can also verify their insurance by requesting a certificate of insurance directly from the contractor or their insurance provider. It is important to ensure that a contractor is both licensed and insured before hiring them for any construction project, as it protects both the contractor and the homeowner.
  • How do they handle cost overruns or delays?

Conclusion

  • Researching and finding the right general contractor is essential for ensuring the success of a construction project
  • Knowing the qualities to look for and the questions to ask can help you find the best contractor for your needs
  • A good contractor will save you money and time while completing the project to the highest standard

FAQ:

Do I really need a contractor for my home renovation project?2023-06-07T13:30:17+00:00

It depends on the scope of your project and your level of experience. If you’re planning a major renovation or if you’re not comfortable working with certain tools or materials, it’s best to hire a professional contractor. However, if you have experience and are comfortable tackling certain aspects of the project on your own, a combination of DIY and professional work may be the best approach.

Can I perform work on my property without a contractor’s license in Connecticut?2023-05-31T19:30:00+00:00

Yes, homeowners can perform work on their own property without a contractor’s license in Connecticut. However, if the work requires a permit, such as electrical or plumbing work, homeowners may need to obtain the appropriate licenses or hire a licensed contractor. Additionally, homeowners may not hire unlicensed contractors to perform work on their property.

What should I do if I suspect that a contractor is unlicensed or uninsured?2023-05-31T19:29:37+00:00

If you suspect that a contractor is unlicensed or uninsured, you should report them to the Department of Consumer Protection immediately. You can file a complaint online or by calling the department’s hotline. Keep all the documentation and communication related to the project and contact an attorney if necessary.

What types of insurance coverage should a contractor have in Connecticut?2023-05-31T19:29:20+00:00

Contractors in Connecticut should have liability insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, and commercial auto insurance if they use their vehicle for work-related purposes. Liability insurance provides protection against property damage and personal injury claims, while workers’ compensation insurance covers medical expenses and lost wages in case of on-the-job injuries.

How do I check if a contractor is licensed in Connecticut?2023-05-31T19:28:49+00:00

To check if a contractor is licensed in Connecticut, you can visit the Department of Consumer Protection website and search for the license number or the contractor’s name. You can also call the department’s licensing division directly to verify a contractor’s license.

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About the Author: David Perrotti

Dave has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, is a Bestselling Home Improvement Author on Amazon, and constantly seeks to reinvent the remodeling industry. As a veteran of the Army and Air Force, Dave operates his business, Fine Home Contracting, on the core army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.

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