Are you currently in the market for a new home contractor?
Do you know the difference between an “in house” contractor and a home contractor? An in house contractor refers to a company that offers residential services (e.g., concierge, repairs, etc.) whereas a home contractor is a company that offers services to construct and repair homes. An in house contractor is typically employed by a lending institution as a loan officer. This means that they are solely responsible for the financial aspect of that particular project.
A main contractor, sub-contractor or subcontractor is generally responsible for managing the financial aspect of a project and all involved trades and vendors. They are also responsible for coordinating with all subcontractors and their job specifications. In the event that a main contractor cannot attend a client’s project they are typically involved in every step of the process from beginning to end. Most of these professionals are self-employed and do not work for an organization or bank. It is possible that some remodelers (main contractors) are also accountants.
A reliable home contractor will be well prepared to handle any problems
A home remodel is generally broken down into two different types: A “dry” job and a” wet” job. A dry remodel is one in which the job is not impacted by many factors other than weather and the natural environmental factors of the area in which the home is located. This type of remodel may include certain changes to the foundation, plumbing, roofing, cabinets, flooring and windows. This type of home contractor should offer a free consultation where they can go over all the details and scope out your project before starting it. Many such companies have experienced staff that will be able to tell you what needs to be accomplished and what the best approach will be.
Wet remodel jobs are those in which certain parts of the project are impacted by external factors other than weather. Examples of external factors which may impact on a wet room include plumbing issues, ceiling height, electrical issues, lighting and heating issues and landscaping considerations. A reliable home contractor will be well prepared to handle any problems that may come up during the build. Some contractors also have tie-ins with remodeling companies, which allows them to take care of any issues that may arise once the construction is complete. This is one reason why it is important to check around and do some research on the company you want to hire.
You can use the Internet to get some ideas about different home contractors
It is a good idea to talk to some friends, family and co-workers about the home contractors they have hired in the past. You might find that one of them had a great experience with them and would recommend them to you. It is also important to talk to references from previous clients. By talking to people and studying their past projects you will know whether or not the company you want to hire is the right one for you.
You can even join some online forums where homeowners with remodeling projects talk about the contractors they have worked with. Once you have narrowed down your options to a few companies, you should then call each one to ask about their services and costs. It is always a good idea to ask for referrals from people you know and trust, because they will have already used the contractors you are considering.