Contractors didn't become contractors because they love to communicate. Sometimes what they say seems completely obvious to them, but makes no sense to you. And a contractor might speak euphemistically to dance around difficult topics. These tips should help you translate some of the euphemisms and somewhat curt statements you might hear, so that you get the most out of the client-contractor relationship.
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Most people think payment to a general contractor for a remodeling project is broken down into four main categories: materials, installation labor, subcontractors and markup. But there’s a fifth category that may not immediately come to mind: general conditions.
1. Get recommendations from friends and family. Yu could also talk to local building inspectors to see which contractors are reliable.
2. Set up phone interviews with local general contractors. Ask questions like Do they take on projects of your size? Are they willing to provide references?
3. Narrow your selection down to your top three and schedule face to face meetings.
4. Discuss the payment schedule.
5. Put everything in writing!