3 Questions To Ask Before You Hire A Contractor

Posted on: 4 March 2015

Remodeling or building a house can be very exciting. Many people look forward and dream about the day when they will be able to build their own home. Before you make any decisions you have to make sure that you have hired the right general contractor. Here are a couple things to ask your general contractor before you hire them.

Can You Give Me An Itemized Bid?

Many contractors will give you a general bid when they go through the house. This is standard before you hire any contractor. The contractor will tell you what they plan on doing and how much it will cost. In most cases they will just give you one lump bid. Instead of just accepting this bid you should ask them to go through and to itemize everything. It might be more work on their part, but they are used to doing it.

By having them itemize their bid you can see where you are spending the most of your money. In addition, if the bid is too high you know where you can cut costs omitting certain things. This way you can make sure that you are not being overcharged on any one area.

Is The Bid A Fixed Price, Or Is It Just An Estimate?

You must be very careful you when you are getting the bid to make sure your know if it is fixed or an estimate. If you have a strict budget that you are sticking to, you need to ensure that the price doesn't change significantly. If this happens you might lose your financing.

For this reason, you need to get an agreement if the offer is fixed. You always have the option to make changes, but the contractor should be able to give you a fixed price before you hire them.

Who Are The Subs and Foreman?

Most homeowners like to meet the people that they will be working with before they hire them. Recognize that the general contractor may or may not act as the foreman. You can ask to go to a site where the foreman and their subs are working so that you can meet them. Remember you are going to be spending a lot of time with these people as they build your house; this is why it is so important that you meet them and make sure that you can get along with them before you hire them.

By asking these questions you will know that you are hiring the right general contractor, one like Battistelli, Glenn LLC, for you. 


Everyone Deserves a Little Luxury in Their Home

When I was growing up, my parents worked very hard to make ends meet for my family and we lived in a small, basic home. After I landed my first job as an adult, I purchased my first home. When I got a promotion at work, my salary increased dramatically and I started dreaming of having my bathroom remodeled to give it a "luxury spa" feeling. I felt guilty having a luxury spa in my home when my parents still lived in the same small home they raised us in, so I had their bathroom turned into a "luxury spa" as well! It felt great being able to "pay it back" to them for all the hard work they did in raising our family. I am looking into other home remodeling projects now, and I want to share what I am learning with others who would need the information!

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