Make sure contractors and homebuilders are bonded and insured
By: Roger King
When choosing a contractor to handle the job, you'll save time, money and headaches if you do your own background search. Get references from family and friends and interview these homebuilders.
Home improvement contractors can either bid the entire job and do it with his own crew, which is usual in smaller projects, or subcontract various specialties to other homebuilders, such as electrical, heating, and plumbing on larger jobs.
General contractors primarily engaged in the construction including new work, additions, alterations, remodeling, and repairing of nonresidential buildings. Included are nonresidential buildings, such as commercial, institutional, religious, and amusement and recreational buildings.
Contractors range from specialty contractors doing one item such as wood and steel and new construction homes to doing a complete project with their own crew. Construction contractors need a lot of business skills as well as knowledge of construction trades. They often start out as laborers, apprentices or helpers, gaining experience in a trade and in general construction work.
The most important quality in a contractor is trust, not initial price. A contractor from a design/build firm also will have his own subcontractors, whom he has worked with before, and can help to manage the project for you. Hiring a contractor with both skills is a good way to manage costs and save in design fees.