Attempting to make major home improvements is definitely a daunting task for the inexperienced builder, and if you do not have excellent training with plumbing, wiring, and construction, it’s simply smarter to seek out professional help instead. Of course, that itself is not necessarily a simple task; finding the right contractor to achieve your needs within your budget can be a challenge, especially if you need a specific kind of work done.
For example, if you’re looking to have a hot tub installed, you certainly would prefer a contractor that has specialty experience with hot tubs compared to one who does not. But if you’re looking for a more expansive project, such as to build a second story on your single-story home, or to remodel your kitchen, it’s better to seek out a general contractor instead.
Duties of a General Contractor
A general contractor Sacramento manages all parts of the home remodeling project, including the hiring and management of subcontractors. The contractor will also obtain any necessary permits and obtain the materials required. They overlook the carpenters, plumbers, and the painters they have hired to ensure that the job is done correctly, quickly, and to your full satisfaction.
The general contractor is the person you will speak with during your project, and they should be able to answer any questions you have. Monster Contractor is a full-service contractor with state certification; we only hire the most knowledgeable locals capable of coordinating with a wide breadth of subcontractors.
General Contractor Sacramento
Typically, you’ll hire a general contractor to get your remodeling job done quickly and with convenience. In the vast majority of cases, hiring a contractor will save you entire days with completing the project. It’s bad enough having all kinds of different contractors in your home, but it can turn into a real nightmare without a single general contractor to supervise and act as a guiding force.
There is also a savings benefit to hiring a general contractor. As is the case in other situations, time is money when it comes to home improvement. Many subcontractors charge more when they work directly with the homeowner instead of through a point of contact, because they know it will take longer and it is a good way to maximize profits. General contractor Sacramento, however, will charge their own fee, but you are paying for their expertise in the matter of building permits and how to manage a group of subcontractors working towards a common goal.
Thanks to their in-depth experience and training in the matters of complicated projects and managing subcontractors, general contractors are an invaluable resource for your home remodeling project.
If you’ve gotten the impression that general contractors come with a wide variety of important skills, you’re right, so it should make sense that they’re best suited for extensive projects. Whether you want to overhaul your kitchen, add a brand new living area to the house, or even build a brand new house from the ground up, hiring a general contractor is a great idea for large projects.
Smaller projects like installing a new deck or a hot tub are better suited for the subcontractor directly; since you only need one specialist on hand, you won’t need an additional person to help you manage that work. Any project that you do not feel you could reasonably learn in a short period of time, however, is the kind of project you should hire a general contractor for.
Determining if a Contractor is Trustworthy
Before hiring a general contractor, it’s a good idea to do your homework by giving them a call and asking a few basic questions about their license and prior projects related to the one you want done. Some example questions we at Monster Contractor have answered for our past clients:
- Have you done a job like this one before?
- Do you have any references?
- When can you start the job?
These three questions alone can tell you plenty about whether or not the contractor will meet your needs. In the event that two or more companies are in a tie for “best fit,” then we recommend these other questions we have answered for previous clients:
- How long have you been in business?
- Are you licensed in the area?
- When were you first licensed?
- How do you ensure that warranty complaints are correctly handled?
- Do you have insurance against property damage, workers’ compensation claims, and personal liability?
Avoid any contractor who doesn’t want to answer one of these questions; any trustworthy contractor will happily offer this information, and they’ll be glad you’re taking the extra step to ensure you’re happy with your selection. Remember to trust your instincts: If your gut says not to work with someone, avoid them!
Why Monster Contractor Sacramento?
At Monster Contractor, we have served the Sacramento and California area for a decade. In fact, many of our staff have over 20 years of experience in the field on their own. We have remodeled many clients’ homes and made their dreams come true. Monster General Contractor Sacramento strives to establish trust and build a strong relationship with all of our clients to ensure the best possible outcome. Our only goal is ensure you are happy with our services and continue to be happy with your home for years to come.
Thanks to our extensive experience in the Sacramento area, we have local knowledge that helps us provide special touches that recent transplants simply wouldn’t have. For example, we know how bad the summers can really get in Sacramento, so if your project is to establish an outdoor area, we would recommend a lattice-covered arbor, or an inexpensive awning, or an extension of an existing roof with waterproof protection.
Getting it in Writing
For your protection and ours, Monster General Contractor Sacramento will establish the scope of the project in writing so we know we understand what you want completed. Your project should mark the beginning of a greatly rewarding experience, and all too often it becomes a nightmare when working with inexperienced contractors or directly with a team of subcontractors. In our agreements, we have a strong core that outlines payment schedule, deadlines, and responsibilities for our staff.
The following are a few items we include for every home remodeling project agreement:
An accurate description of the project: Be sure every detail of the project you want completed is written down so that it is part of your contract and so that we know it is something you absolutely want. Don’t worry about coming off as picky or difficult to work with; the more detail included in the contract, the better an idea we will have of your project so we can get it done correctly the first time. This also allows you to check the scope of the completed project compared to what was written down.
Dates of construction start and end: Our agreements include when we will begin the work, and when we anticipate the project will complete. It is important to note that the end date is approximate because any number of changes can arise, such as a delay somewhere along the line or if you decide you want to adjust the scope of the project. Again, an approximate duration will be listed on your contract.
Provision to change order: It’s more common than you might think for changes to occur during a construction project. All kinds of problems can arise, such as finding dry rot or termite damage along the way that requires special treatment before continuing with the project. If you change or add to the scope of the original project, this would also qualify as a change order. We don’t consider this a problem, of course, but it is necessary to complete a change order when such an alteration occurs. It’s a simple document that states what the change is, how much to adjust the cost by, and whether or not this affects when the project was to be completed. This order should be completed and signed before further work is completed.
Schedule of payments: Naturally, the schedule of payments determines when you will pay the general contractor Sacramento for the work that is done. For best results, an agreement that allows the contractor just enough to afford the materials and labor in advance offers the best protection for both parties. The rest of the payment is given once the work has been completed. One exception to this is if we agree to work with a custom material, such as with customized kitchen cabinetry. This may require a deposit upon ordering the custom materials. Although we are a reliable contracting service for the California area, we do not finance projects out of our own pockets!
Termination clause: Rarely, we need to terminate projects for some reason or another. If the project is not working out well, whether it’s due to a difficult relationship or because we discovered an expensive obstacle, having a termination clause in the contract protects everyone involved and nulls the document. A very simple termination clause for an agreement would state that if either party agrees that further work would not be beneficial due to mistrust, communication issues, misunderstandings, or if personal circumstances cause too large an interference, then either party may provide one week’s written notice to terminate the agreement.
Monster Contractor Sacramento
Our staff works up and down the state of California, but our strongest expertise is in the Greater Sacramento area, including Pocket, East Sac, West Sacramento, Fair Oaks, Granite Bay, Citrus Heights, Land Park, Pocket, Folsom, Mckinley Park, and much more. Give us a call to set up a consultation and discuss your project with our knowledgeable staff today!