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How to Hire a General Contractor or Renovator for Residential Construction Projects

In the last 10-15 years, the industry of Residential General Contractors has taken a beating by the media. Television, maganizes and articles have waged war on the image, credibility and trust of General Contractors. This is something that as a Home Owner, you must first be aware of.

15 Years ago, there were 3 shows that dealt with residential construction:

-This Old House

-The New Yankee Work Shop

-Bob Villa’s Home again

These 3 shows gave Home Owners an “inside” look into construction techniques and methods, offering plenty of advice, knowledge and wisdom. I suppose they had a loyal following amongst hobbyists, contractors and weekend warriors. But it didn’t appeal much to the general masses. After all, not everyone is interested in learning how to cut Crown Moulding or how to select the best router bits.

Along came a show on HGTV called Holmes on Homes. The entire premise of … Read More

General Contractor – The Best Personality Traits in a Professional

A general contractor is a professional in the building trades who manages construction crews and projects. The larger the project, the more skilled and competent the person running the job better be. Every occupation or field of employment draws a certain type of individual. This is due to both their aptitude and personality type. Here are some of the traits to look for when interviewing general contractors:

-High ethics: In order to be a licensed contractor, this professional must follow a multitude of rules regarding building codes. Building codes have been put into place by governmental agencies at the county and city level in order to assure the safety of each building before it’s inhabited. A highly ethical pro will be certain that all codes are met properly because they care about their customers as well as the law. An individual without an ethical bent may skimp in certain areas … Read More

What Does a General Contractor Do?

In a nutshell, the average general contractor is hired to direct, manage, plan and organize all the subcontracting details that go into building a new home, office building or other structure. Other titles for general contractors are project managers, construction superintendents, construction supervisors, project engineers, or construction managers. Depending on the size of the project, the contractor may be hired to oversee the entire project, or one specific aspect of the overall construction.

Why Do We Need Them?

Most construction jobs are too large for one person to do on their own. That’s where the general contractor comes in. He organizes several contractors with various specialties to complete the entire project in a certain amount of time. For instance, one group of people is hired to lay flooring, another to install windows, an electrician comes to work on the power, and a plumber will install the pipes and fixtures. All … Read More

Things That You Ought To Know About General Contractors

Needless to say, the law favors consumers against fraudulent general contractors and remodelers. But that doesn’t always protect a person from being duped. Here are a few things that you ought to know about a general contractor.

– In some places like New York and Washington general contractors are required to furnish a bond to the Department of Labor and Industries. This deposit shall be used to compensate aggrieved customers looking for compensation from customers.

– In some places the contractor is required to furnish a notice to the customer for residential projects that are over $1000 and commercial projects that are over $60,000. Even you can ask the contractor to post a bond for the entire cost of the project if it costs more than $6,000.

– General contractors who are engaged in gutter cleaning, lawn care, pruning, window washing etc. need not seek license. But contractors whose work … Read More

Top Five Qualities of a Good General Contractor

What makes a general contractor good? To start with, we should probably break down what a general contract does. The scope of his/her work includes organizing all sub-contractors, or the people that do specific jobs during the building or remodel process, like the window installation company, the painters, the tile copmanies and more. Their job is to keep your project on time and on budget. Like any job there are good contractors and not so good contractors. Below are a few things to look out for when considering a company for your home remodel or your new home construction:

1. Knowledge of Construction. If your general contractor is not familiar with construction, he/she won’t know if the sub-contractors are doing a good job. Leaks in the roof, drafty doors and windows, interior leaks and shoddy work can all happen if a contractor doesn’t know what to look for. Be sure … Read More

General Contractor in A Nutshell

General contractor is someone who has been hired by a client to do a specific job. Most often they are hired for a building or remodeling project. They are also the one whom you need to discuss the project first and ask for quotes regarding the cost of labor, materials and other things needed to accomplish the project.

They are also basically in charge of obtaining any permits or documents needed in order to start with the project. If the project involves building a house, then they are the ones who will have to secure a building permit as well as other documents required by law.

They are also the one responsible in providing the materials, laborers as well as tools and equipment’s needed to get the job done. General contractors are also the one being held responsible in case any problems arise while doing the job. They are also … Read More

The Life of a General Contractor

If you feel you can make an easy living by working as a contractor, then give it a second thought. You may be familiar with watching general contractors on the television, in newspapers, or you may know someone who is into the profession. By observation, you may make a prediction that they are big profit makers. However, the truth remains different.

Most general contractors who are in the business for a descent period, do not think their job is simple. They have to go on everyday without any fixed holiday, even the situation is that their timings are fixed, as they have to complete a given task within the deadline. During the daytime, they are so busy and tied up with their work that they have to meet their regular or potential clients at night for discussion.

Initially, the life as a contractor is very harsh and demanding, but if … Read More

General Contractors Licenses and Requirements

Finding a good general contractor can be challenging. Fortunately, British Columbia’s Homeowner Protection Act is a set of laws and guidelines established by the Homeowner Protection Office (HPO) to ensure builder credentials. These licensing requirements were developed in order to prevent the construction of unsafe or poorly constructed buildings. In British Columbia, provincial licensing is a requirement for many trades including residential building, building envelope renovations, gas piping, gas venting, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics, sheet metal workers, plumbers, electricians, and gas fitters.

Residential Building

Builders responsible for constructing homes in BC must be a Licensed Residential Builder. These licensed professionals are also required to offer warranties covering the new building for up to 7 years. Moreover, under this license, contractors are responsible for all aspects of construction from permits to landscaping. It is also the responsibility of this contractor to ensure that all subcontractors are also licensed by the … Read More

Difference Between General Contractor and Remodeling Contractor

If you are thinking of improving your home with the help of home improvement service providers, you have to keep in mind that one professional may offer a different line of services than another. There are those companies that specialize in interior designing for commercial buildings and there are those that have full-service offers in handyman services.

While there is a wide array of services that you can consider for your humble abode, two kinds of professionals are highly demanded in the market these days because of the growing need of homeowners when it comes to home improvement needs. Right before you hire a service provider who is professional enough in updating and reviving the glow of your home, you have to take into good consideration the difference between a professional service provider and a remodeling contractor.

A general contractor is one kind of professional that you can hire if … Read More

How General Contractors Can Win With Blogging

In modern day construction, a digital presence is an easy way for a potential customer to feel comfortable with a contractor’s specialty. This match-making scenario becomes challenging when there are countless resources providing the exact service all listed on a search engine’s output. Without a budget for ad campaigns and paid ranking opportunities, many contractors feel helpless in the vast sea of large firms “paying to play.” Fortunately, there are options. Enter blogging.

Chances are you’ve been acquainted with the most popular search engine, Google. Although it’s frequently pumping out updates to the way its algorithms react to users’ keywords, tapping into Google ranking through cost-effective means isn’t a far-off goal. In fact, it’s a pretty solid game changer for contractors willing to put the proper tools in place.


Through strategic keyword usage and variation in blogs, contractors can build thought leadership while enhancing … Read More