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Everyone wants to be a General Contractor, why?
Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 • Posted February 15, 2013 3:42 PM

Everyone wants to be a General Contractor. Why? Well, there are several reasons for this. They think they can save money, lost their job and need work, have worked in one aspect of the field, or been watching too much TV and think they can do it.

We are in some tough times and everyone is looking for work. When disasters hit, lots of people want to do construction too. You have to protect yourself. So here are a few simple tips to follow, prior to hiring that person or company to do your work.

Ask the company/individual how long they have been building, remodeling, or how long they have been a general contractor. They should be able to answer with proof and confidence.

Ask the company/individual for their website, references, and business card. Check these out. Does the website show construction of a home or building? What kind of feedback did you get on their references for the construction project? What does their business card really reflect?

Does the company/individual have a primary business and they have expanded to be a General Contractor? Diversifying can be good and bad. Are they familiar with being a General Contractor on a home or building? Anyone can hire subs, but to know what all has to be done is another question, or if the sub contractors do quality work. Will they pull your permits and get the proper inspections? Expanding a business is good, as long as it is done properly and not at your expense.

It’s really funny to watch some of the TV shows and it looks so simple. But when you get into the project, there is a lot more involved than shown on TV. A simple project might be okay, but a full remodel – hire someone that can deal with any issue that might come up.

Can you really save money by doing it yourself? Maybe. However, you need to know all the steps involved, how to line the subcontractors up, what order to schedule everything, permits to pull, are just a few items. If you mess up, it might cost you twice as much to call someone in to correct the problem.

Don’t ever just give money to a stranger to get started on your job. This really happens in a time of disaster. Beware of those coming through looking for work and wanting their money up front.

Once you hire the General Contractor, ask for details of their expected work. What will you get? What materials will they use? What is the timeline for the work to be done? Both of you should sign this job specification prior to the work beginning.

In conclusion, yes, you can do the job, but do you really want to risk not really know what you are doing? It could have repercussions on down the road too. Hire an expert.

For all Your Real Estate and Building needs or questions, call Debbie at 830-833-4249 or 713-818-6658.

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