General Contractor

Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Construction Management Service

November 2016

When hiring and working with a General Contractor, every homeowner needs to know: What services does a General Contractor commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the General Contractor? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Construction Management Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

General Contractor - FAQ

Q How do I get good Construction Management Service work at a fair price?

A First, decide on ALL product / service options. Compile a list of work and quality requirements. Have at least 2 qualified pros complete detailed bids on the work. Use a written contract that ties payment to verifiable results.

Q What should I expect to pay for Construction Management Service?

A Most Construction Management Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for a General Contractor ranges from $68 to $102 in most parts of the country. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 - 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the General Contractor.

Q Do I need to use a licensed General Contractor for my job?

A A professional General Contractor must be licensed to provide most Construction Management Services. To check a General Contractor's license status, search the telephone directory or online for your state's professional license board or department. Contact the licensing authority to verify license standing and history for the business and individual.

Q Should I use an insured General Contractor for my project?

A Your General Contractor should carry adequate liability insurance for work related damages. Your General Contractor should also have workman's compensation insurance for job related injury or health risks.

Q Does my General Contractor need to be bonded?

A A bond will protect the homeowner if the terms of the contract are not met by the General Contractor. A bond is recommended for any work over $500. Make sure that your General Contractor's bond is valid and that the bond limit will cover the cost of completing or re-doing the work, before any work begins.

General Contractor - Common Projects

A General Contractor can handle a number of jobs, activities and problems. The list below summarizes common Construction Management Services. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:


General Contractor - Finding and Hiring

Hire a trustworthy General Contractor

Are you considering spending more than $250 with a General Contractor? If so, it is important to find a General Contractor matched to your quality and value expectations - and not simply hire someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence.

The FREE homewyse hiring guide helps you find and hire great help, get quality craftsmanship and create a fair agreement.

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