5 Things to Look for When Hiring a General Contractor | Washington DC

5 Things to Look for When Hiring a General Contractor | Washington DC

Unless you are planning your next project from beginning to end, you will likely be seeking the service of a licensed, bonded, and skilled general contractor to do most of that hard work for you. 

From the smallest bathroom projects, to extensive, labor-intensive jobs like adding a home addition, a good general contractor will be with you for the entire process. But do you know how to pick the good from the bad? 

Here are 5 tips to help you in your selection process.

1. Ask for references

It's step number one when you're on the search. Does the person you are considering have quality work they have done in the past, and people to vouch for their services? If the answer is no, move on.

2. For reliability, ask a home inspector

If you are planning a project that requires a general contractor, you may want to have a home inspection to begin with anyway. So while the home inspector is there, ask for a referral. Or simply call a reputable home inspector in the are and ask. They'll be glad to help.

3. Always meet face-to-face

If you are considering hiring a general contractor with nothing more than an email or a phone call under your belt, you may be in for a surprise. Always meet your candidate in person before hiring them. It will eliminate any potential pitfalls that may transpire from some more unscrupulous parties that may be looking to take advantage of a homeowner who needs help.

4. Get more than one bid for comparison

There's nothing wrong with getting more than one opinion from a doctor, so why would there be when it comes to your home? Call around and get some ballpark prices before you select a general contractor.

5. The least expensive may not be the best 

Especially when it comes from someone who may be trying to get one over on you. Reputable general contractors will always try to give you the lowest bid possible, but a quoted price that sounds too good to be true may be just that. 

Looking for a general contractor to help with a project in your Bethesda, MD home? We've got you covered. Feel free to contact us to discuss your options and how we can help you. We have more than 50 years of experience helping homeowners with home projects. 




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