3Rs Construction’s Tips for Choosing a General Contractor
You’ve got a home remodel project that needs be completed. It’s more than you can do on your own and hiring a general contractor will be a necessity. So where do you begin? How do you know who to choose?
Here at 3Rs Construction & Remodeling, we would love to say, “Choose us!” But if you don’t live in Oregon’s Willamette Valley it’s likely we wouldn’t be available to help you.
HERE ARE A FEW SIMPLE TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED IN PICKING YOUR GENERAL CONTRACTOR:
Ask Your Friends and Family for Home Contractor Referrals
- The firsthand experience of people you trust is a great place to start.
- Remember, a “friend of a friend” may not be qualified to do the project you have in mind.
Review the Credentials of Recommended Contractors
- Check with the Better Business Bureau.
- Look for reputable business associations and online reviews.
- Home construction contractors are required to be licensed with the Construction Contractors Board (CCB) and be bonded to work in Oregon.
- 3Rs recently discovered a great web site provided by the CCB called "BUYER BEWARE" (⇐ link).
- Click here to read their newsletter article regarding the launch of the page.
Schedule an Appointment to Meet Face to Face.
- Construction today is highly regulated, if you feel comfortable with the contractor and the company checks out online, you’re on the right track
Multiple Quotes Are Not Necessarily Necessary
- With the wide spread use of social media and internet reviews, getting multiple quotes not only ties up a lot of time but many contractors today don’t have the time to get into bidding wars and will pass on the job rather than tie up the time and resources to bid on a job they may not get in favor of clients who already want to work with them.
- Quotes for your project should include an available start and anticipated completion date.
- As a homeowner, you should build in a contingency budget of 20% of the cost and time schedule for your project. Even the very best plans can include unexpected needs.
Get a Contract in Writing
- A written contract protects both you and the contractor.
- Make sure you understand the contract… It’s O.K to ask questions!
BEWARE of Scams!
- Don’t be persuaded by someone who wants to be paid with cash only, or wants to be paid in full before starting. This person is most likely working without a license and can leave you and your home vulnerable to poor quality work without any course of action to make it right.
Here in Salem, Oregon, we have a great selection of licensed general contractors. Do your homework to find the right construction company for you and your project. We hope that 3Rs Construction will be among the contractors you choose to get a free estimate.
The professionals at 3Rs Construction take pride in using time-proven building techniques, an awareness of new products, and our customer’s unique desires for any home construction project. We would love to meet with you and discuss how new construction, remodeling, or an addition will provide you with a home that has value, function, and beauty.
For more information about 3Rs Construction in Salem, Oregon please see our list of services, and visit our website homepage at 3RsConstruction.com. You will also find a Testimonials page with reviews from our customers. You can view us on the best general contractors list in Salem, Oregon as well.
I like how you say that you ant to check with the Better Business Bureau before you choose a general contractor. It would make sense to find someone who has good reviews on the BBB. My sister needs a contractor to help build her home, so she’ll have to find someone with a good rating with the BBB.
My wife and I have been looking for a good general contractor who could help us get our basement finished, and wanted some tips on how to find one. I’m glad that you talked about making an appointment to meet face to face with a general contractor to make sure you feel comfortable with them. I’m going to have to look into a few different general contractor options and see if I can set up a meeting with them to see who I like best!
I appreciate your suggestion to ask friends and family for referrals when choosing a contractor. No matter what work you want to have done, word of mouth recommendations show you that a person you trust has had a good experience, which is valuable knowledge. Going off of that, you can narrow your search down quite a bit.