Ensure the right fit by interviewing general contractors about these topics that go beyond the basic

Homeowners starting their first remodeling project have to make their way through what can be an overwhelming amount of information and decision making. One of the first and most important decisions is selecting an architect or designer to design the project and a general contractor to build it. Homeowners often interview potential contractors but are at a loss for what to ask aside from the obvious questions about licenses, bonds and insurance. Here are a few more questions to help you with your selection.

1. How is your company structured?

General contracting businesses can be organized in a number of ways. Understanding who owns the company and who is assigned to tasks will give you an idea of the company’s capacity to handle paperwork, manage your project and provide you with the service you expect.

2. Who from your company will be at my house each day?

This could be a company owner for a few hours or the whole day, or a lead carpenter or superintendent full time, or a lead carpenter plus a project manager for several hours a week. Understanding staffing will help you get a handle on how job security will be handled and how much attention your project will get from staff at the jobsite and in upper management. It’ll also help you understand the skill level of those involved.

Craig O’Connell Architecture