Attempting to make major home improvements is definitely a daunting task for an inexperienced builder and if you do not have excellent training with plumbing, wiring, and construction, it is simply smarter to seek out professional help instead. Of course, that is not necessarily a simple task either. Finding the right contractor to achieve your needs and within your budget can be a challenge, especially if you need specific kinds of improvement work done.
For example, if you’re looking to have a hot tub installed, you certainly would prefer a contractor who has specialized experience with hot tubs to one who does not. Likewise, if you’re looking to do a more expansive project, such as build a second story on your single-story home or remodel your kitchen, it is better to seek out a General Contractor like us.
Duties of a General Contractor
The General Contractor manages all parts of your Sacramento home remodeling project, including the hiring and management of subcontractors. The General Contractor also obtains any necessary permits and obtains the materials required. They oversee the carpenters, plumbers, and painters hired to ensure that the job is done correctly, quickly, and to your full satisfaction.
The General Contractor is the one you will speak with throughout your project and will answer any questions you have. Monster Contractor is a full-service contractor with state certification. We only hire the most knowledgeable locals and we coordinate with a broad base of vetted subcontractors.
General Contractors in Sacramento
Typically, you’ll hire a General Contractor to get your remodeling job done quickly and with convenience. In most cases, hiring a General Contractor will save you precious days toward completing your project. It’s bad enough having all kinds of different contractors in and out of your home, but that can turn into a real nightmare if you don’t have a General Contractor to supervise and coordinate and act as your 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 General Contractor, because they know coordinating will take longer and it is a good way to maximize profits. Hiring Monster Contractor for your General Contractor needs in Sacramento, however, will mean paying for our expertise in the matter of building permits and managing several subcontractors all working toward a common goal.
Thanks to our in-depth experience and training in the matters of complicated projects and managing subcontractors, Monster Contractor’s General Contractor service is an invaluable resource for your home remodeling project. If you’re under the impression that General Contractors come with a wide variety of important skills, you’re right. So it should make sense that you get one best suited to your project. Whether you want to overhaul your kitchen, add a new living area to the house, or build a brand new home 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 directly for a subcontractor; since you only need one specialist on hand, you won’t need an additional person to help you manage that work. However, any project that you do not feel could reasonably be completed in a short period of time is the kind of project for which you should hire Monster Contractor as your General Contractor.
Determining if a Contractor is Trustworthy
Before hiring a General Contractor, we recommend you do your homework by giving potential candidates a call and asking a few basic questions about licensing and prior projects similar to the one you want done. Example questions from our past clients include:
- Have you done a project like this one before?
- Do you have any references that I can reach out to?
- How soon could you start my project?
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,” we recommend asking these additional questions:
- How long has your company been in business?
- Are you licensed in Sacramento?
- 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 will 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 in Sacramento?
At Monster Contractor, we have served the Sacramento and surrounding area for an entire decade. In fact, many of our staff have over 20 years’ experience in the field on their own. We have remodeled many homes and made client’s dreams come true. Monster General Contractor of Sacramento strives to establish trust and build a strong relationship with all our clients toward the best possible outcome. Our only goal is knowing 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 a recent contractor transplant simply won’t have. For example, we know how bad the summers can get in Sacramento, so if your project is to establish an outdoor area, we would recommend a lattice-covered arbor, an inexpensive awning, or an extension of an existing roof with heat durability or waterproof protection.
Get it in Writing
Your signed project agreement should mark the beginning of a greatly rewarding experience that all too often it becomes a nightmare when working with inexperienced contractors or directly with multiple subcontractors. For your protection and ours, Monster General Contractor of Sacramento clarifies the scope of the project and the projected costs in writing, so you know everyone agrees on what you want completed. In our agreements, we outline payment schedules, deadlines, and crew responsibilities.
The following are a few items we include and that you should look for in every home remodeling project agreement:
An accurate description of the project: Be sure every important detail of your project is written down as part of your contract so that we know it is something you absolutely want and have decided on. Don’t worry about coming off as picky or difficult to work with; the more detail included in the contract, the better idea we will have of your project so we can get it done correctly the first time. A thorough description including specific material needs also allows you to check the scope of the project upon completion, compared to what was bid.
Dates of construction start and end: Our agreements include when we expect begin the work and when we anticipate the project will conclude, although it is important to note that the end date is approximate due to any number of changes that can arise, such as a delay somewhere along the line, or your adjustment to the scope.
Provision to change order: It is more common than you might think for changes in the scope to occur during a construction project. All kinds of situations can arise, such as finding dry rot or termite damage that requires special treatment before continuing with the project. If we make any resulting change or you add to the scope of the original project, this qualifies as a change order. We don’t consider this a problem, of course, but it is necessary to prepare a change order when such an alteration occurs. It’s a simple document that states what the change is, how the cost will be adjusted, and whether it affects the project completion date. Any change order should be signed before further work is performed.
Schedule of payments: For longer projects, a schedule of payments clarifies when you will pay the Monster Contractor of Sacramento for the work that as it gets done. Typically, an agreement that allows the contractor enough to afford the materials needed for the next portion of work and partial labor costs in advance offers the best protection for both parties. Other payments are made weekly or monthly with the final payment balance due upon project completion. One exception is when we work with a custom ordered material such as kitchen cabinetry or copper gutter. We may require a deposit for ordering the custom materials. Although we are a seasoned, reliable contractor for the greater Sacramento area, we are understandably not able to finance such material costs out of pocket.
Termination clause: Only rarely do we need to terminate a project. If the project is not working, whether due to relationship dynamics or because of an unforeseeable expensive obstacle, having a termination clause in the contract protects everyone involved and nulls the document. Our termination clause states that if either party agrees that further work “will 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”.
Call Monster Contractor of Sacramento
Our crews work up and down the state of California, but our strongest customer base is in the greater Sacramento area, including Pocket, East Sac, West Sacramento, Fair Oaks, Granite Bay, Citrus Heights, Land Park, Curtis Park, Folsom, Carmichael, Natomas, Roseville, Elk Grove, and more. Give us a call to set up a consultation and discuss your project with our knowledgeable staff today!