Your general contractor is the person responsible for turning your dream home into a reality, whether built from the ground up or remodeled from an existing home. When you choose a general contractor to run your project, you look for someone with experience whom you can trust. But how do you make sure you and that person or company are a good fit? Read on to find out.
Have some ideas in mind. Experienced general contractors have built many houses and completed countless projects. They are a wealth of information and ideas. But you must give them some hints about where to start. They are not fairy godmothers with magic wands. They do their work the old-fashioned way — with their hands. They don’t mind helping you with suggestions, but telling them your thoughts ahead of time definitely expedites the process.
Good: I’m thinking of bumping out my kitchen to create more space for a breakfast nook.
Less Good: I can’t squeeze into my chair to eat dinner anymore.
Tell them your budget. You can do a remodel for as little as a few thousand dollars to as much as several hundred thousand dollars. Specific monetary parameters — realistic ones — will dictate the scale of your project.
Good: We have $10,000 to spend.
Less Good: We’re waiting on our loan approval.
Be prepared with questions. Even if you have been through home renovations before, you likely are not familiar with all the stages of the one upon which you plan to embark. But your general contractor is. That’s the person to ask how long it will take, how much it will cost, how much mess will be created, etc.
Good: If I reface instead of replace the cabinets, will I have enough money left for granite countertops?
Less Good: What should I ask?
Inform them of your decisions. You may be considering several general contractors for your project. It’s always a good idea to get a few quotes, not just for monetary reasons, but because you may gel with one particular personality better than another, and this can help facilitate the process. If, however, you have decided to go with Contractor A, it’s best to let Contractor B know, so that company is not waiting and watching to see if they need to add you to the schedule. Likewise, if you have meetings scheduled with several contractors but decide early on that you are going with a particular one, let the others know. Don’t just not showup for the appointment — their time is valuable too.
Falk Construction Inc. of Ogden, Utah, has been building and remodeling homes for 26 years. If you are planning to remodel your home or build a new one, call Falk Construction and set up a meeting to find out about their general contractor services.