Hiring a General Contractor

Without a doubt, hiring a contractor is the part of home remodeling that causes more fear and anxiety than any other phase. How do you know you’ve got a good contractor, someone you can trust to do a good job for a fair price and stand behind his or her work? There is a guarantee that you will be satisfied with a Los Gatos Contractor from Westhill Construction Company. Here is a little more information about what a general contractor is:

General Contractor

A general contractor is the person you hire to oversee the entire job, whether it’s new construction or a major remodel job. The contractor is responsible for managing all aspects of the job including purchasing the materials and hiring the sub-contractors (subs). Typically, you sign a contract with the contractor and make payments only to him. The contractor is then responsible for paying the subs and suppliers. When you have a contractor working on the job…that is the person you go to with all your questions and comments about the work. The contractor in turn communicates your concerns to the subs.

It is common knowledge that you want to get at least three bids on your job. The question is, whom do you ask to bid on the job? Word-of-mouth referrals are best. Ask your friends, family, and neighbors for the names of contractors they’ve been happy with. The responses you get back may include large design/build companies you’re familiar with and smaller companies you’ve never heard of. Don’t rule out this last bunch—there are many good contractors you’ve never heard of because they prefer to get all their referrals by word-of-mouth.

Whether you get referrals from people you trust or end up blindly calling listings from the phone book, it’s important to trust your instincts. Did the contractor return your call promptly and show up on time for your appointment? Our Los Gatos Contractors will! During the meeting, did the contractor answer questions to your satisfaction? Our Los Gatos Contractors will! Lay out his expectations for the job? Our Los Gatos Contractors will! This is important because communication is the most important aspect of the client/contractor relationship and you have to feel that you can speak directly and honestly with your contractor.

To get in contact with one of our Los Gatos General Contractors, please contact Westhill Construction Company!

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