How To Know Which Bay Area General Contractors Will Meet Your Needs
Whether you just want to remodel a single room or are undertaking a major new build, choosing the right general contractor will ensure that your project is completed up to your standards, on your timetable, and on budget. How, exactly, do you choose the right contractor?
To help you discern which Bay Area general contractors will best serve you, ask these questions.
- Can you itemize your bid for me? If your potential contractor gives you a single price for your whole project, ask for more detail. That way, you can know exactly how much you are being charged for which portions of your project and can stay in control of the budget. Make sure your bid prices out demolition, framing, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, drywall, and lighting costs.
- Is your bid a fixed price? If your contractor does not provide a fixed price, you could face change orders, costing you more than you anticipated. If your contractor says there are too many unknowns, take steps to eliminate them (e.g. ask them confirm if there are an ADA requirement to meet) to get a fixed price bid.
- How long have you been in business? Contractors who have a long history of working in the area have been able to stay in business because of the quality of their work and their integrity with clients. Ask for past clients as references to get more information about contractors you are considering.
- Can I meet your Superintendent? Your contractor probably will not be the one in the trenches. Consequently, it is important that you meet the job Superintendent. Plus, by asking to meet your Superintendent in advance, you incentivize the contractor to assign one of the best members of the team to your job.
No matter the scope of your project, we hope you will contact Proforma Construction to give us the opportunity to answer your questions and meet your needs.