When it comes to investments in this life, your home is the most important one. Whether you’re dealing with the construction of a new home, having a Virginia contractor create a home addition or some other kind of home improvement you can do a lot to protect that investment.
The most important aspect of course is to ensure that the general contractor you choose is reputable and will do the work that’s required and expected, ultimately leading to a job well done that you’re satisfied with.
If you opt for the wrong general contractor, then you could end up facing additional costs in the construction process, delays, and work that you’re just not satisfied with. Worst case, the job never gets done at all.
If you do your homework, then you can ensure that you’ll be satisfied with the outcome of your home improvement projects. There aren’t a lot of steps or homework to do, so the short amount of work has a big payoff in the end.
Start by working with the general contractor to examine his license and certifications. Every contractor is licensed to work in their particular area, and the Virginia contractor is no exception. No license, no work. Licensing and state exams are the way you can ensure that your general contractor understand the construction guidelines of the state and community in which they work and will adhere to those guidelines.
You can also check with the Better Business Bureau to verify that the contractor is listed and has an established business history and positive rating with the BBB – indicating good work ethics, standards and practices. While the BBB doesn’t force regulations and cannot enforce – they are a voice for the consumer and can hold businesses to a higher standard in a “big brother is watching” sort of way.
Go through a list of completed projects and references with the building contactor so you can look at as much past work as possible in the area. See how the work stacks up among the contractors you’re talking to vs the bid price their making for your home improvement project.
Research will always give you a leg up in negotiation, and the ability to protect your investment (the home) so that the finished remodeling by a licensed Virginia contractor is on par with the standards set forth and, hopefully, exceed your own expectations