Why Your General Contractor Needs To Know Building Codes for Your Area Inside and Out

General contractors handle a variety of repair jobs, ranging from electrical to plumbing and everything in between. However, simply knowing how to do the job isn’t enough. All general contractors need to know building codes for your area inside and out. Today, we’re going to go over why it’s important that they know how to complete projects that are up to code.

Building Codes Keep You Safe.

Safety is the name of the game when it comes to building codes. Every code in the book was created because of a safety concern. Some prevent fires, others prevent flooding, and others prevent a total collapse.

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Why Our Role of Liaison Is Important to Our Project Management Services

As general contractors, we don’t just handle the building of your home, addition, or remodeling. We also offer you a project management team that will coordinate all of the services required to make your dream home a reality. Here are some of the reasons why our role as liaison between you and these contractors is important.

Locating and securing necessary contractors

Our project management team will seek out plumbers, electricians, or HVAC experts to help us complete your work with the highest quality installations and repairs. We also secure their contracts, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

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How To Test Your General Contractor to Make Sure You Made the Right Decision

Choosing a general contractor to build or remodel your home can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t know anyone that can give you a referral. Randomly choosing one from the internet, even with looking at reviews, can be dicey. Before you let your chosen general contractor touch your home, ask them these questions to verify you made the right decision.

Ask for insurance certificates.

Your general contractor should have at least two types of insurance certificates. The first is the workers’ compensation certificate. This proves that the company will take responsibility for any injuries that happen while the job site is active. The other insurance certificate should be for a liability or umbrella policy. This protects you in the event that damage is done in the process of the work.

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The Role and Responsibilities of a General Contractor

If you are considering a remodel of your home, you might be looking into options for contractors. You will quickly discover that you will need to work with several subcontractors for different areas of the remodel, such as plumbing, wiring, cabinets, counters, etc. Each craft requires a different professional. Keeping up with all of these contractors and organizing the remodel can be a chore that most people are unprepared for.

This is when you want to use a general contractor. Many people think that a general contractor does all of the work of a remodel on their own, but this is usually not the case. A general contractor provides all of the materials and services necessary to complete your project. That means that some of the work they will do themselves, but other parts of the work will be given to trained and experienced subcontractors.

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What You Need to Know About the Contract in Contractor

If you are dealing with a reputable contractor, you will have a contract between you and the contractor outlining the work to be performed, a timeline for the project, and what the project is going to cost. There are some other components of a good construction contract as well. Understanding the contract is important for making sure that you are holding your contractor accountable.

What the Contract Should Include

The construction contract should have some basic information that absolutely must be present for a legally binding contract. It must have your name and contact information, as well as the contact information and name of the contractor. The contract should describe the property in legal terms, such as the description on the deed filed with the county. Attachments to the contract, such as blueprints or schedules, should be listed directly on the contract.

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Build or Buy? Three Reasons to Build a New Home

When you are ready to start the next chapter with your family and move to a bigger home, it may seem easiest to simply buy a home that is already on the market. But there are a lot of advantages to building your home from the ground up. Here are some reasons to build a new home for your family.

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Floorplan to Fit Your Lifestyle

You know your family’s needs. Perhaps you need an office or den to work or study at home. Perhaps you need a mud room off the garden. You might need a hobby room or extra children’s rooms for use as your family grows. While you can find a home that will meet your basic needs, only a home that you build from scratch will meet every desire and need of your family.

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Advantages of a One-Stop Contractor for Your Building Needs

Whether you are building a new home, remodeling, or adding an addition to your home, there are a lot of advantages to hiring a one-stop contractor for your building needs. When you want the job done right the first time, and you want the entire project to be coordinated and on schedule, having one contractor who can handle the entire project is important.

No Surprise Delays

One of the reasons that there are often delays in a remodelling or building project is that you have to wait for each subcontractor to perform their part of the project. For example, you might have an electrician, a plumber, a framer, someone to do the flooring, etc. When you hire a general contractor who handles all aspects of your project, you don’t have to worry about waiting on subcontractors. Everything will be handled with ease and timeliness.

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Three Reasons to Hire a Professional for Your Building Project

In today’s DIY society, many homeowners are choosing to build their homes or their outbuildings on their own. Even if you have the time for such an undertaking, there are several good reasons that you should hire a professional instead. 

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Permits

Nearly every community requires permits to build new construction, even if it is just a garage, shed, or pool house. Usually these permits are required by the city or town in which you live. If you get caught building without the appropriate permits, you could find yourself facing hefty fines and having your project delayed or cancelled completely. A professional contractor is familiar with what permits are required and how to obtain them.

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Repair or Replace? What You Need to Do for Your Roof

It happens to the best of us. You do everything you can to maintain your home, but eventually it rains and you discover a leak. Maybe you discover multiple leaks. Whether the leaks are due to normal wear and tear on your roof or a fierce storm, you may think that you can just repair the leaks. However, there are some situations in which you should simply replace the entire roof. Here’s how to tell the difference.

One or Two Bad Spots

You may notice that your roof has a few bad spots with broken or cracked shingles, or you have one or two places in your home that are leaking through the ceiling when it rains or storms. If you only have one or two bad spots on your roof, it is probably due to storm damage rather than a breaking down of the roof. In these situations, a simple repair may be sufficient.

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Top 3 Things to Look for in a General Contractor

Hiring a general contractor for your remodel or new construction project is one of the most important decisions you will make during this process. The general contractor is in charge of the entire project, and if you don’t choose wisely it could cause delays and problems with the construction. Here are the top three things to look for in a general contractor.

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Licensure and Insurance

Your general contractor should be fully licensed to practice in your state, in addition to having licenses and certifications for the various types of work to be done. They should also have adequate insurance, including worker’s compensation insurance. Ask to see their licenses and insurance documentation before hiring.

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