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What You Need to Know Before Hiring a General Contractor

Are you planning a home renovation or construction project? If so, then you’ll likely need to hire a general contractor to oversee and manage the process. But how do you find the right contractor for your project? Here are some key things to know before hiring a general contractor.

First and foremost, make sure your contractor is licensed and insured. A reputable general contractor should have both liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance to protect themselves and their clients in case of accidents or property damage. You can verify a contractor’s license and insurance status through your state’s licensing board.

It’s also important to do your research and check a contractor’s references and past work. Ask for references and contact previous clients to get a sense of the contractor’s communication skills, reliability, and overall quality of work. You can also check online reviews and ratings on sites like Angie’s List and Yelp.

Before hiring a contractor, make sure you have a clear understanding of what your project will entail and what your budget and timeline are. Be as specific as possible in your project description and ask for a detailed written estimate that outlines all costs and timelines.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask questions and communicate openly with your contractor throughout the project. A good contractor should be responsive and able to provide regular updates on progress and any challenges that arise.

By taking the time to find the right general contractor for your project and communicating clearly throughout the process, you can ensure that your renovation or construction project is a success.

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