What to Look for in a General Contractor

Experience, reliability, and a good reputation

The relationship you have with your general contractor is one of the most important ones you’ll ever have. Building projects can take months or years, so you’ll be spending a lot of time in contact. So, you want to make sure that you hire someone that you can trust, work well with, and even develop a friendship with.

Hiring the right general contractor will ensure that your project goes the way you plan. Before you hire someone, do your research and take your time deciding who to hire. It will pay off in the quality of their work and on your bottom line.

You want to find the best general contractor for your specific job, so here are a few tips for what to look for to find a great general contractor.

Good Recommendations

Talk to your friends, family, or local business owners or associates about any general contractors they may have used and ask for recommendations. If they’ve worked with a really great contractor, they’ll be more than happy to share that information. This can be a better approach than starting out with an internet search. You want to make sure the contractor you hire is reliable, and having a personal recommendation is a great sign.

Their Work Matches Your Scope

Before contacting a contractor, check out their website first. The contractor’s website should give you a feel for what type of work they’re experienced in doing. It’s also a good idea to see if they offer a list of references, credentials, or awards. Finding a good contractor is only half of the problem; the other half is finding a good contractor who fits your project’s scope. Browsing their website will also give you a sense of their level of professionalism.

Quality Past and Present Projects

If you’ve narrowed your search down to a few contractors, you might want to look at some of their previous work to help you make the final decision—and try to get in contact with those owners to disucss their experiences. Many general contractors upload digital portfolios with to their websites, so you can get a feel for their style and quality. Or visit the projects in person to assess the quality and to see how the contractor manages their worksite.

Reliability & Professionalism

The best way to get a read on a GC is to talk to them in person. You can get a better sense of their personality, if they’re reliable, friendly, and knowledgeable. During the interview, you can decide if this is someone you’d like to work with long term.

At Seacoast Construction, we are experienced with all types of builds. We appreciate the opportunity to build long-lasting relationships with our project owners. Give us a call at 786-433-8740 to schedule a consultation.

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