The first step in picking a general contractor is to select what type of general contractor you will need for your home remodeling project. Do they specialize in all areas of home construction and remodeling or do they specialize in one area such as bathrooms and/or kitchens remodeling?
If you are doing new home construction or doing a home renovation choose a ‘common contractor’ (which is also known as ‘entrepreneur commun’ in the French language) who specializes in these areas. If you just looking to do a kitchen remodel or bathroom remodel then you might be better off choosing a contractor who focuses on these areas.
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Regardless of who you choose, you should follow some basic rules to make sure you select a reputable general contractor. This is your house and you should make sure the general contractor you choose will treat the job and your home as if it was their own.
To begin, employ a contractor with an established business in your area. Make sure the business address is a physical address and not a P.O. Box. Then make sure they are licensed in your area and have liability insurance to protect your property from any accidental damage that could occur during construction.
Many places require Workmen's Compensation to cover workers that may get injured during construction and many towns will now require proof of insurance to obtain a Building Permit. Also, all subcontractors on the job should also be covered.
Ask the contractor to provide insurance documentation you can verify. A reputable contractor will have no problem providing you with copies of these documents. If they cannot provide this information you should cross them off your list.