Good Questions To Ask Your General Contractor

Here's some questions that I recommend every homeowner ask their general contractor. These questions will often save you a lot of grief and frustration. Use these questions if you're building a new home are remodeling an old one.

1. Who is responsible for the building inspections? Remember that building inspections take valuable time away from the home construction or remodeling process. Sometimes the homeowner can walk the building inspector through the inspections saving the contractor time and himself money.

2. What are my responsibilities as the homeowner? Besides meeting financial obligations and paying the contractors on time, are there any other responsibilities that you will have during the construction project.

3. What are the general contractor's responsibilities? Just because you have a signed contract, doesn't mean that everything is going to be perfectly clear between you and your contractor. Is your contractor responsible for cleanup, insurance, construction problems and building permits?

4. Are the subcontractors going to be responsible for anything, besides doing their portion of the project? It wouldn't be a bad idea, to find out if the subcontractors get along with each other. I have seen fights break out, contractors quit and big problems with construction cleanup.

5. What is the general contractor going to do if they fall behind schedule? This is one of the biggest problems in the home improvement and home building business. Is your contractor willing to work longer hours and weekends to keep the job on schedule. Come to an acceptable arrangement before starting the job.

There are plenty of more good questions to ask a general contractor, but these five can save you a lot of frustration and headaches. Don't be afraid to ask these questions and any others that you can think of before you start the job and sign the contract.


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