Why Do You Need a General Contractor?-Remodeling and Construction in NJ

The reasons that most folks hire a General Contractor are many:

  1. The job is too large or time-consuming to manage alone.
  2. The job requires the management of a professional.
  3. The job requires several trades whose work needs to be checked prior to hiring.
  4. The job requires a dedicated perfectionist….what?!

Yes, your job-no matter how large or small requires a detail oriented, eagle-eyed, ruthless perfectionist.  Why?  Remember the saying ‘measure twice; cut once’?

The last thing you need is to ‘learn’ about what not to do on a remodeling or new construction project that you have been dreaming about for years.

Ask these questions of your GC to help you decide if he/she is worth hiring.  It just may save you time and money in the long run.

  1. How long have you been in the industry?
  2. How many _______ have you done?
  3. Are you insured?
  4. How long before you start the job?
  5. How long do you estimate the job will take?
  6. Do you have a standard set of sub-contractors or employees that you work with?
  7. What will you do to protect our timeline and budget?
  8. How are you paid?
  9. How will hiring you save me time and money?
  10. How can I trust you will handle my job with care?

Now, armed with these answers, you can make a clear decision regarding the work you are planning.

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10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Contractor

10 Points to Include When Interviewing a Contractor on Your Next Project:

  1. Contractor should provide Workers Compensation and Liability Insurance certificate naming you as the ‘additional’ insured.
  2. The liability should cover the value of your home.
  3. How many similar jobs have they done?
  4. Are Recommendations Available?
  5. An Itemized price quote including necessary items and any recommended additions.
  6. An estimated timeline with start end end dates.
  7. What will effect the timeline and how with those items be addressed?
  8. What approvals are needed and who will obtain them?
  9. How will your property be left on a daily basis?  Will they clean up daily or at the end of the job?
  10. How will payments be expected and what receipts/guarantees for work will be provided?