Irvine, CA 92612
Desmond Donnellan grew up with construction, the skills being passed down through generations of his family. From blueprints, through framing, electrical plumbing and finish work, Desmond has experience with every component of general contracting.
Mr. Donnellan is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Donlon Builders and he wanted to offer a few tips on hiring a general contractor.
First, ask for recommendations. Start with your friends and family. If you need to go further, check out a service like www.angieslist.com or www.homeadvisor.com
Next, touch base with your list of possible candidates and ask a couple of questions.
• What size project do they specialize in?
• Can they provide financial references?
• Can you speak with past clients?
• How many projects do they have currently going?
• How is their relationship with their subcontractors?
After you have narrowed it down to 3 or 4 contractors, meet with them in person. Get a feel for how they communicate, make sure you feel comfortable being around them. Remember, they are going to have access to your home.
At this point, you should have it down to 2-3 general contractors for consideration. Ask for a list of references, clients they have done jobs for. Call them. Talk to the clients and find out about their experience. Ask if they were respectful of the homeowner’s property.
Now is the time for you to make plans and get bids. Once the plans are drafted, submit the plans to the general contractors you have decided on and get the bids. Watch out for bids that are way low or way high, this is usually the first indicator of a problem.
Follow these steps, and you may avoid several nightmares that are inherent with home remodeling.