Renovation is exciting … especially once it’s over, as anyone who’s been through it will tell you. However – the weight of hiring the perfect contractor to oversee and manage all of the work for your home, office, restaurant or hotel construction project can be daunting.

A significant building project can cost a bundle and entail hiring and coordinating multiple specialized tradespeople over the course of weeks or months. In other words, it’s a whole different ball game than simply hiring a plumber or electrician to update a few things.

So here are three things you should know when choosing a general contractor for you and your next building project. What is a general contractor? Do you really need one? How do you choose and work with one? Read on.

Step 1: Understand the role

What exactly do general contractors do? We organize and oversee your project as a whole. Some of a general contractor’s duties include:

Step 2: Should you DIY?

The main reason most people decide to be their own general contractor is to save money. But if you’re not good at it, the project might not turn out as you envisioned, and you might spend more money fixing your new (and costly) problems.

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. How big is the project? You’ll likely be in over your head on a large addition. A modest interior remodel is more doable.
  2. Do you have the time? Are you available throughout the day to run home when necessary? Are you available by phone most of the time?
  3. Are you a quick study? Contractors bring years of experience to a job. You’ll need to get up to speed fast as issues and decisions arise.
  4. Are you a great organizer and manager? A renovation can involve a lot of moving parts, dependencies, subcontractors, and suppliers.
  5. Are you prepared for the responsibility? If something goes wrong (more likely when you lack construction experience), it’s all yours to solve.
  6. Are you prepared to cover the financial risks? Depending on the project and how you finance it, you might need an insurance binder (temporary evidence of insurance).
  7. Are you ready to be responsible for subcontractors? You might need to buy extra liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance.

If you answered no to any of these questions, lets proceed to step 3.

Step 3: Choosing your contractor

Your choice of contractor is one of the most important renovation decisions you’ll make. Much more important than quartz vs. granite countertops, you’re going to be trusting this person with your home or place of business and your money.

Licensed, Insured and Years of Experience

With years of experience in the construction industry, Riken Construction would be honored to sit down with you and hear all about your project. For a free estimate on your next project, contact our team today. We look forward to turning your dreams into reality. 321-363-4904