A general contractor is a person who holds a state specific license to bid and manage construction projects. The contractor will estimate the cost of materials, permits, labor and completion dates for the specific project they’ve been hired to oversee.
The contractor will obtain the necessary permits and hire subcontractors to complete work they may not be licensed to complete, such as plumbing and electrical work. The contractor will oversee the subcontracted work and manage those completion dates as well.
It is very important to have clear communication with your general contractor. Discuss your goals early on and make sure you are both on the same page with the desired project, timeline, and end result. Ask for itemized invoices for material and labor. Voice any concerns you have about the work being done throughout the process, and make sure you are being heard. Typically, the general contractor will have recommendations for subcontractors; however, you have the final say in who completes the work.
What kind of insurance do Asheville General Contractors carry? Ask upfront if the general contractor carries workers’ compensation to cover any on the job injuries their crew may endure while on your jobsite. If someone gets hurt, who covers the incident? What about liability insurance? What happens if there is property damaged caused from their work?
You want to hire a general contractor who will be at the job site every day to oversee the work that is being completed. Get an idea of how the contractor works by asking what time they will be at the job site each day and how long they will be there. Ask for progress reports and be clear with the time frame you want to receive them by. Once the terms of the working relationship are defined, have everything you’ve both agreed to put into writing and signed by each party.
When it comes to payments, make sure you are not paying ahead of the work being done. What happens if you’ve paid for a roof repair before they’ve fixed it and they quit in the middle of the job? Checks, loan financing, and credit cards the safest and most recommended form of payment.
Remember, with any remodels and/or additions, you should first check with your lender and/or homeowner’s insurance company as most policies have language regarding what they will and will not allow or cover. Also, make sure to report any improvements to your property to your county and/or city by their stipulated tax period, as this may affect your property taxes.
The Eskritt Group recommends the following Asheville general contractors:
Tarheel Building Construction, Inc.
Contractor: Tedd Pearce
208 Bragg Court
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Osteen Home Builders, LLC
Contractor: Daniel Osteen
PO Box 763
Black Mountain, NC 28711