The first milestone in a remodeling project is to choose a general contractor to handle the Tampa remodeling project. This contractor will have a major impact on the overall quality of the project. He or she will also help determine the final cost of the remodeling project, provide potential design concepts and insights, guide you through the entire remodeling project and put their unique stamp on the overall project. This means that who you hire as a general contractor is a decision that requires some very deliberate thought.
After you have completed initial research on general contractors, you will have narrowed the list of potential general contractors to two or three top choices that you want to talk to. It is important to structure the substance of your initial consultation around the idea of sharing your first thoughts for your remodel plans. Ask for advice and opinions from the contractor regarding your initial plans for the remodel, and do not be afraid to take into account how personalities will mesh. Do not forget to ask for credentials.
Finding a general contractor can be nerve wracking, most of us worry that we may forget what questions to ask. This article is intended to give you a head-start, an opportunity to stay on the right path as you work your way through the initial consultation with a general contractor.
Best Questions To Ask When Choosing Your General Contractor
Do not be embarrassed to ask any general contractor these questions. Remembering that you are considering entering into a business relationship with any general contractor, and these questions are meant to establish a solid working relationship.
Can you share some written references?
A solid general contractor will have a written list of references easily at hand. The best general contractors have that list in your hand before you even remember that it is the first entry on your “list of questions to ask a general contractor.” If the general contractor is not willing to give you a list of references, really consider what they say as well as how they say it when answering other questions.
Can you provide a proposed timeline and work process?
Most professional general contractors will have this information available for you in writing, and you will want the list to include things like; who will be in charge of supervising the project; work hours and days; length of a project from demo to completion and milestones for payments.
Do you have experience with this kind of Tampa remodeling project?
Strange economic times have contractors looking outside of their area of expertise, finding some contractors from the commercial field in residential remodeling projects. On the other end of the spectrum, residential contractors feeling the pinch are also doing small commercial improvement projects. Satisfy yourself that the contractor you are working with is competent and credible in handling your residential remodeling project.
Keep in mind that these questions are meant to serve as a guide in your search for a Tampa general contractor. The team from Rossi Construction, Inc. will continue to add ideas and concepts to this list but, in the meantime, you are invited to contact us to schedule an initial consultation for your project!