A general contractor, construction manager or prime contract specialist is ultimately in charge of the day-to-day supervision of a construction site, coordination of trades and vendors, and the exchange of information amongst all involved parties during the course of a project. All the parties involved in a project are dependent on the contractor for their continued functionality and/or completion of specified objectives. As a result, a general contractor has a great deal of responsibility. But not all contractors create the same quality work. A good contractor should be able to provide an array of services in a variety of specialties, including the following:
General Contractor Services – Whether they’re handling the exterior, indoor, or outdoor construction, all remodeling contractors are responsible for managing any part of the project that is not his expertise. Some general contracting services include oversee the installation of roofs, flooring, plumbing, heating and cooling, landscaping, painting, and other similar services. However, it should be emphasized that these types of tasks are not always included in the “core” scope of responsibility of every general contractor. In order to have a complete remodeling project, a contractor may need to hire subcontractors to perform specific tasks, such as insulation, painting, and electrical and plumbing installation. This is where it is important to hire only those individuals who have completed similar work and who are highly experienced.
Overhead Expenses – It is a given that overhead expenses are a big part of every remodeling contractor’s job. However, not all overhead expenses are equally important. A general contractor cannot expect his customers to pay a high price just because he is offering an affordable overhead contractor plan. Therefore, if you want your overhead expenses to be reasonable, you should check if the proposed overhead contract includes an hourly wage requirement. On the other hand, if you’re going to do your own remodeling work, there are two options: you can choose to estimate your own overhead costs or you can hire an overhead contractor to do the job for you.
Make sure that you get all the details in writing – You should also make sure that the written agreement includes all the terms and conditions that the client agreed to. In particular, you should make sure that your remodeling contractor will get paid for the actual time spent on your home remodeling project, as well as the materials and labor charged by him. You should also make sure that your client will not have to cover any additional expenses, including insurance, taxes, or permits. Be wary of hidden fees, especially if they’re imposed after the project has started. This could be an indication that your remodeling contractor has many other projects going on at the same time or is simply trying to get more money out of you.
Get a permit – Your remodeling contractor wants to do the best job possible, so he’ll need to have the necessary permits. These include building permits for both the home and any attached structures. Make sure that you have these applied for before anything begins, as some contractors may try to get away with it. You could also check with your local city hall to see what kind of permit office they have, to see if there are any complaints filed against any of your potential contractors.
Take a look at your bathroom – Most home improvements involve one room: the bathroom. If you’re planning a renovation in this room, then you have to take a close look at the bathroom before starting any work. Look for leaks, missing tiles, damaged flooring, mold, and other problems. These can indicate that your remodeling contractor isn’t very good at his job, or that you shouldn’t trust him with a large renovation project like this.