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3 Tips For Working With A General Contractor

If you are building a new home or renovating your current one, you will likely need to hire a general contractor to oversee the work. Whether it's a new build or a renovation, many professionals will work on your home. Your general contractor will hire and oversee the other contractors involved in your project. A general contractor keeps your project organized and on time, taking a lot of pressure off you. Here are a few tips for working with a general contractor. 

Be Clear About Your Expectations

While a general contractor can do a lot, one thing they cannot do is read your mind. Therefore, make sure you communicate your vision and expectations to the general contractor. This will help ensure they understand your goals and can effectively manage the project to meet your needs. Also, stay involved during the project. You will want to check in regularly with the contractor and review their progress. This ensures that the work stays on track and that any issues are addressed in a timely manner.

Establish A Budget

How much you pay a general contractor depends on the work being done. Some general contractors charge by the hour for their services, but it's more common for them to take a percentage of your overall budget. Before working with a contractor, establish your budget and consider how much will go to your general contractor. Generally, a general contractor charges 10 to 20 percent of the overall project cost. Setting a budget and going over the details will ensure that the construction stays within your price range.

Discuss The Timeline

Another thing that you should do when working with a general contractor is discuss the construction timeline. How long the work takes depends on the scope of the project. For example, major renovations or building an entire home may take months or even years. However, smaller projects may be finished within days or weeks. From developing a plan and budget to the final touches, your general contractor will be there for it all. Staying in contact with them during this work will ensure there are no surprises when it comes to the timeline.

If you plan to hire a general contractor, here are a few tips for working with one. First, be clear about the expectations you have for the project. Second, establish a budget before construction begins. Finally, discuss the timeline throughout the construction process. 

For more info, contact a local general contractor. 

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Have you ever wondered what motivates people to work in the construction industry? Like many of us, construction workers typically choose their job because it brings them joy. Some like creating things with their hands simply because it makes them feel productive and satisfied. Others enjoy the job because they feel joy when their clients are happy with the work. And construction work comes in so many different forms. We'll talk a lot about them on this blog, but for now, just consider these options. There's road construction, landscape construction, home construction, and commercial building construction — and those are just a few popular examples!