How to Tell if Your Contractor is a Qualified General Contractor

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How to Tell if Your Contractor is a Qualified General Contractor

How to Tell if Your Contractor is a Qualified General Contractor 2560 1707 Majid Riahi

As a general contractor, we know the importance of finding a qualified team to work on your investment project. Not only is it about the quality of work, but the ease of mind that they will complete your project professionally and timely. In addition, the effort you put at the beginning of your search and selection will allow you to establish expectations of the work performed and translate to a smooth-going (or as close it can be) process once they begin.

Here are ten (10) ways to tell if your contractor is a qualified general contractor:

1. Ask for their complete list of documentation

    • Date of license issue and expiration
      • If your contractor is unlicensed, the risk for problems goes up
    • Bonding information
    • Details on their insurance
      • Worker’s compensation for their employees
      • Liability Insurance

2. Review their resume

    • Legal name, Business address, city, zip code, phone number
    • Entity type
    • How long they’ve been in business
    • Financial stability of their business and relationship to your bank
    • Credit standing with suppliers

3. Verify their business and contractor’s license through your state

4. Request professional references and ask:

    • Do they begin and end on schedule?
    • Was the number of people employed acceptable for the size and scope of the project?
    • Does the work successfully pass inspections?
    • How responsive is the contractor to problems?
    • Is the contractor readily available via phone, email, or text?

5. Review their portfolio of work

    • The quality of their photography tells a story of their value

6. Ask to visit one of their current projects to see if they:

    • Maintain a stable and reliable crew of workers
    • Execute their craft in a skillful and professional way
    • Provide adequate site supervision
    • Cooperate reasonably with other trade
    • Use materials efficiently and effectively
    • Keep the job site clean and safe

7. Check their workers’ compensation and commercial general liability insurance coverage

    • In California, if a contractor has employees, they are required to carry worker’s compensation insurance. If a worker is injured on your property and does not have worker’s compensation, you could be financially responsible.
    • Commercial general liability insurance is not required in the state of California; however, it covers damage to your property. If the contractor does not have general liability insurance, they should be transparent with you in the case of damages or losses.

8. Contact the Better Business Bureau

    • Have complaints been filed against them?

9. Ask for their standard contracts to review. Never sign a blank, legal contract. To list a few:

    • Total Contract Price and Terms of Payment
    • Change Order practices
    • Owner and Contractor Agreement
    • Conflict Resolution and Termination
    • Contractor’s Mark-Up on Labor and Materials

10. Verify their contractor bond

    • The state of California requires contractors to have a license bond of $15,000. It covers any project the contractor agrees to perform. Please note: it may not be enough to cover if your project is worth more than the value of the bond.
    • Learn more about bonds¬†here.

We welcome you to confirm our qualifications. We will provide all of the necessary documents to ensure you’re working with an incredible team that puts care and attention into your investment project.

Starting your project soon and sourcing qualified contractors? Contact us today!

  • It was helpful when you said to know the date that their license was issued. My sister was at my house for lunch yesterday afternoon, and she was telling me about how she wants to find a remodeling contractor to help her with making her office look nicer. I’ll make sure to pass this information along to her as she searches for a remodeling contractor.

  • It really helped when you talked about how to interview a contractor and hire the best-qualified one. Recently, my brother said he wants to build his dream house from the ground up. My brother needs to find a general contractor for the job, so I’ll be sure to share your article with him. Thanks for the advice on checking a contractor’s past jobs before choosing one.

  • I appreciated it when you shared that it is great to work with a reliable contractor that will complete your project professionally in a timely manner. In this way, you can ensure that you will acquire an excellent outcome. I would like to think if a company needs to hire a commercial contractor, it should consider hiring the one that is professional and reliable.

  • Thanks for helping me understand that the construction contractor would need to have the worker’s insurance to ensure that they qualified in a certain state. I guess I need to know the requirements in our state as well to have an idea of what to look for when I hire contractors this year. I just need their services to finally start the construction of my dream home which I have been saving up for ever since I graduated.

  • My friend wants to get a commercial building made, but he’s not sure how to go about it. It makes sense that he might want to get one that has a lot of experience with commercial purposes. That way, he can ensure that it gets handled correctly.

  • It’s interesting to know that compensation insurance is required for some states, and it can cover any injury that a worker might have while working for you. I guess this is an important aspect whether it is required in your area or not when hiring commercial general contractors. It will give you peace of mind regarding unexpected costs due to accidents that we can’t avoid at times. So having a contractor with that coverage will save you from spending your own money for that kind of issue.

  • Kristofer Van Wagner July 13, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks for reminding us that when looking to hire a contractor, it is encouraged that we review their resume. It makes perfect sense as in doing so, we will be more aware of their experiences and qualifications. Since I am in need of a commercial contractor, I will definitely ensure that I choose the right contractor to hire.

  • I appreciate what you said about checking their credit with suppliers. My wife wants to renovate the deck. I’ll have to talk to someone who has good timber subcontractors.

  • My aunt has been thinking about having a shed built in her yard to act as a playhouse for her kids. She wants to make sure that it is made of the best materials, and will be safe for the kids to play in. Thanks for explaining how she should visit the constitution site to make sure that they are using materials efficiently while keeping the area clean and safe.