How to Choose a General Contractor

Part 2 - Where to Start

Choosing a qualified general contractor is usually a multi-step process. You should think about creating and following a written schedule to insure that the GC that you choose is the right one, with the right experience, to help build your project.

By following the same simple steps that most large companies use, you too can hopefully make better decisions concerning hiring the right one for you.


Familiarize yourself with your project

It’s important for you to understand your scope of work (once again, that’s the things you need to do to complete your project). Familiarizing yourself with any architectural and/or civil engineering plans early on in the process will come in handy, especially when you have to speak about them later on when interviewing for your GC.

Keep in mind that you don’t need to be an expert on every portion of the project, just develop a good feel for what needs to happen and, in a general sense, what date it has to happen by.

By taking this step first, you should develop a fairly good understanding of the work that you need to get done and a general idea of the costs associated with your project, which is REALLY important to have prior to contacting or bidding your project to any perspective GC.

 

Develop your Construction Budget

Without question, creating a good preliminary budget and sticking to it (and updating it as necessary) is one of the most important steps of the entire process and should be an integral part of your business plan.

[Click here for more information on how to develop a construction budget]

 

 

Next: Cultivating a List of Contractors

 

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