For the most part, any medium- to large-sized construction job is going to be handled by a general contractor. General contractors have a contract with the owner of a building or project to complete that project, and take on the full responsibility of getting the job done at the price they bid. They are in charge of purchasing the building materials, hiring the various tradespersons needed to complete the project, and hiring any subcontractors necessary to complete the work. These subcontractors report to the general contractor, not to the owner of the building.
With general contractors being responsible for so much of a building project, it is extremely important that you make your decision carefully when selecting which contractor you will work with. Your decision will have a major impact on the success of your project. Even if a contractor has great plans or ideas, you must be convinced they will be able to perform the job with skill and integrity.
Here are some strategies you can use to learn more about your potential general contractor in Scottsdale, AZ:
- Talk to former clients: Ask around and see if you can find former clients of a general contractor to talk to, so you can get a better sense of what it’s like to work with them. You should ask how the job went, how it compared to working with other general contractors, what communication with the general contractor was like, whether or not the general contractor was regularly on the construction site, what the quality of the work was like and whether they would generally recommend that contractor for certain types of jobs. You will typically be able to get some valuable, unfiltered feedback from people who have worked with a contractor before.
- Talk to the contractor: While you will not get the same sort of unbiased feedback from the general contractor itself as you would from former clients, you can still learn plenty of valuable information. You can ask about the level of experience the contractor has with your type of project, the average cost per square foot for this type of job, the contractor’s experience with energy efficient construction and equipment, the kind of work direct employees of the contractor perform (as opposed to subcontractors), the greatest strengths of the company and anything else you think would be good to know.
Working with a general contractor is by far the easiest way to get a large project completed on schedule and with high quality. It can also be your least expensive option, particularly if you are able to get competitive bids on the project. Plus, the contractor is left in charge of worrying about most of the important aspects of the building process, including all of the materials, workmanship, scheduling, budgets and more. This takes a significant chunk of responsibility out of your hands.
For more information about how to choose a general contractor in Scottsdale, AZ, talk to our team today at Phoenix Building Services, LLC.
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