Whether you are building a home, an office building, or a store, it is critical that you hire a licensed general contractor who is on top of even the most obscure details. This is important because any delays that occur because the contractor forgot or overlooked something will delay the completion of the project and, ultimately, cost you money. When interviewing a general contractor, add these questions to your list.
1. Do You Hire Licensed Subcontractors?
It is a best practice that when using a subcontractor on a job the general contractor will hire only subcontractors who are licensed. Using licensed subcontractors ensures that you will have an industry professional performing the work. These subcontractors will have the training and expert knowledge in their field and perform their duties in a manner that is required to keep their licenses.
2. Do You Follow OSHA and EPA Guidance?
Following or not following Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can affect the safety and timeliness of the build. For example, concrete washout of concrete-related equipment must be handled appropriately in order to avoid possibly contaminating the environment with the toxic wastewater produced during the cleaning process.
Mishandling this could violate EPA standards and risk the sanitation of the local water. Your general contractor should be well-versed in the proper health and safety regulations as well as the environmental regulations related to building.
4. Do You Have Workers’ Compensation?
The answer to this question will tell you a lot about the contractor you are hiring. A general contractor San Antonio with experience will know that it is required that businesses with employees carry workers’ compensation. In some cases, it may be that subcontractors must carry their own workers’ compensation or be listed as employees under the general contractor’s workers’ compensation policy. This will protect all parties should a work-related injury occur. And knowing whether a general contractor has the appropriate insurance will tell you a lot about the contractor’s professionalism.
Building a home or office is not something the average person does often. This can lead you to believe that you should leave the details to the builder. However, it is, ultimately, your property, so do your due diligence when hiring a general contractor so that you can leave the details to a builder who will be on top of them.
Alex Grogoyan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in popular platforms such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.