• On April 4, 2013 ·

Constructing or renovating a building is a complex and time-consuming process. Juggling the demands of construction while also managing your daily life is a daunting ordeal. However, by hiring a general contractor, you can simplify your life and streamline your new project. From hiring subcontractors to working with your architect, a good general contractor will manage the many responsibilities associated with your construction project.

Coordinate with Architects

If you’ve hired a contractor to build your home, you shouldn’t have to coordinate with the architect yourself. A good contractor will meet with the architect on your behalf. These meetings should occur long before the project starts, allowing your contractor time to plan the design’s implementation.

Respect Your Ideas

Experienced contractors have their own ideas, but they will listen to yours as well. Although contractors are experts, all final decisions must rest with you. If you’re unhappy with any of your contractor’s plans, your contractor should work to resolve your concerns.

Procure Bids

A savvy contractor knows dozens of subcontractors in every critical field, from plumbing to electrical work. However, you should analyze every bid that you receive before you sign any contracts. Listen to your contractor for advice, but don’t be afraid to make your own decision on each bid.

Coordinate Subcontractors

Your general contractor should coordinate the schedules of the subcontractors to prevent delays and other issues. If an unexpected situation arises, the contractor should have some backup options to ensure that progress on your project continues. In addition, a qualified contractor will help you save money by only hiring subcontractors when their help is required.

Find the Right Workers

Working with a contractor saves you from finding labor on your own. A skilled contractor should already have an established network of hard-working laborers to work on your project. Your project should never face delays due to a labor shortage.

Answer Your Questions

During the construction process, you will likely have many questions about the project. If your contractor is slow to respond to your inquiries, you’ll likely feel frustrated and stressed. Contractors are obligated to keep you informed. Even if your contractor can’t answer your questions immediately, he should do his best to find an answer for you.

Handle the Permits

Many construction and renovation projects require permits from your city. Your contractor should have experience with the permit process and know when a permit is required. If your contractor is doing their job, you won’t have to deal with this part of your project personally.

Shawn Bakker
President
Bakker Construction
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