Make Sure The General Contractor Is licensed
General contractor companies should advertise their license number —whether it be an ad in the phone book or newspaper, on the internet, a flyer that shows up at your front door, or the company's name on the side of a truck—all ads must show the General Contractors state license number. In most if not all states it this is the rule for all General Contractors
Shop Around Before Hiring A General Contractor
Get at least three written bids on your project, and make sure you're comparing bids based on identical plans, specifications, and scope of work. Do not automatically accept the lowest bid. In fact, you should beware of any bid that is substantially lower than the others.
Ask For Personal Recommendations
Friends and family recently may have had similar General Contractors projects completed. If they are satisfied with the results, chances are you will be, too.
Verify The Contractor's Business Location And Telephone Number
Make sure your General Contractor has a current business address and telephone number. A General Contractors who operates a business from the back of a pickup truck with a cellphone may be difficult to find if a job needs to be fixed after the last bill is paid.
Verify The General Contractor's Insurance Coverage
Ask to see a copy of the Certificate of Insurance, General Liability and Workers Compensation or ask for the name of the General Contractor's insurance carrier and agency to verify that the General Contractor has insurance.
General Contractor Bonds
Ask to see the General Contractors bonds. Most if not all states require that the General Contractors carry three types of bonds
License Bond - Covers any project the General Contractor agrees to perform
Contract Bond - Cover the completion of a specific job the General Contractor must complete.
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