What should you look for in a general contractor when you’re building a house?
General contractors have a big job to do, and you want to make sure they are up to it. We’ll list some important considerations to make when you’re searching for a general contractor, but one always stands out above the others: longevity.
Follow a Proven Path
The Federal Trade Commission gives tips on how to find a good general contractor. Among them: “Look for an established company whose record and reputation you can check out.”
Think about it: What hurts a business more than anything else? Bad customer service. We’ve all heard the horror stories of general contractors going thousands over budget and months over schedule. Is it incompetence? Laziness? Dishonesty?
It doesn’t really matter, because the bottom line is, the job doesn’t get done.
General Contractor Coping Skills
It’s true that nothing goes perfectly every time in any profession, but if something does go wrong, you should be given a reasonable explanation for it. The lumber shipment was delayed due to an accident or a fire, not because your general contractor forgot to put the order in. The crew did not show up to work because a hurricane was predicted, not because they’ve been pulled off your job to start another one.
General contractors that operate using shady business practices — either with the goal of making money, not having to work hard or both — do not stay in business long. Even in the old days before the internet, word would get around, and now, as soon as anything goes wrong, everyone’s on social media talking about it.
Falk Construction has been doing business as a general contractor in and around the Ogden, Utah, area for more than 34 years, and we couldn’t have done that if we didn’t have lots of happy customers.
What to Expect When You’re Building
Every general contractor should give prospective clients a detailed estimate of how much it will cost and how long it will take to construct their home. That being said, home building is a lengthy, involved process with a lot of moving parts. This is not an excuse for delays or mistakes, but an acknowledgment of the nature of the process.
A good general contractor always has a Plan B, and builds extra time into every project for unavoidable delays like weather or power outages.
A contractor’s references should check out, from the lumberyard to the insurance company to previous clients. Chances are, if a contractor isn’t paying their own bills on time, they’re already in trouble.
Beware of the Wolf in General Contractor’s Clothing
And speaking of money, never just automatically go with the lowest bidder. If one bid is much lower than all the others, it’s usually not because everyone else is trying to rip you off — it’s either because the low bidder doesn’t know what he’s doing, he’s going to cut corners and do shoddy work, or worst of all, he’s going to take your deposit and you’ll never see him again.
Before making a decision, meet your contractor face to face. Even if they are a good, honest contractor, if you don’t mesh, you won’t work well together, and you won’t be happy.
If you’re building a home in the Ogden, Utah, area, give the experts here at Falk Construction a call. We’re a family business and we’ve been in operation for decades. We’ve proven our reputation hundreds of times over. Falk is the name to trust for general contracting in northern Utah.