Finding a general contractor can be a stressful process. Regardless if you have an exciting home project or an important fix needed in your home, you want the job done right the first time. The stakes and investment involved when working on your home require a completely different process than searching for a good place for dinner. Once you find a general contractor that has completed projects that you like and you believe could be a good fit, simply reading reviews online may not be enough to make you feel comfortable. You can look to referrals to learn more about a local general contractor. How general contractors have worked with previous clients matters and predicts how they will work with you. It’s easy to learn from others who have previously worked with a general contractor with these steps.
Ask for references
Start by asking your residential general contractor for customer references. These will likely be long-standing clients who have had a relationship with the general contractor over time and know their business well. Ask the references about their overall experience, communication, scheduling, and satisfaction with the finished product from the general contractor. This will give you a good idea of how the contractor operates and whether or not they will be a good fit for you.
Learn about recent projects
The next step in this process is looking at general contractors project galleries and identifying recent projects that look similar to yours. To learn more about how the general contractor has been operating recently, you can ask about their recent projects that are similar to yours and ask to talk to those clients to get their perspectives. This will give you a greater understanding of how the general contractor will work with you at this time on your project.
Checking their business standing
Lastly, you may want to check on a potential general contractor’s business standing. This can include asking about their current licensure status and reading a copy of their general liability policy. This will ensure that if in the unlikely event something does go wrong during a project that the contractor’s business will be able to cover any expenses. You can also ask to talk to a few long-term suppliers to ask about their relationship and get an understanding of the contractor’s practices, such as whether or not the business pay their bills on time and if they in good standing with the business community.
At Mares & Dow Construction, we have been in business since 1983 and are proud of the work we have completed in the Bay Area. We will be happy to provide referrals about our experienced and knowledgeable general contractors. Contact us today to learn how we can be a fit for your next project.