PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 29, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Chaparral Concrete Equipment, an industry-leading concrete equipment supplier, recently commented on a New York Times article
. The piece outlines a few "dos" and "don'ts" when hiring a general contractor for work. General contractors typically oversee subcontractors in order to ensure a home or building project is completed on time and up to standards. Hiring a contractor, however, is often a difficult and risky business.
"It's crucial that homeowners and businesses look into contractors before hiring them," a representative with Chaparral Concrete Equipment says. "In today's world, you can never be too safe about who you hire to get the job done right. The construction industry is no exception, either, especially when you're letting these people into your own home."
According to the article's authorial opinion, people often spend more time shopping for cars than contractors. In terms of scale and price, this idea becomes apparent. The author recollects on a time when she hastily hired a contractor without references and was surprisingly relieved when everything went as planned. One reason homeowners hire general contractors is because of time management and efficiency; while people are capable of handling subcontractors on various projects, a general contractor allows homeowners to focus on other aspects of a project.
Word of mouth, according to the article, is one of the more honest ways to seek out a worthy general contractor. The article also says that people are opinionated and references are based on previous experiences, not futuristic realities.
"Asking around for a contractor is a good strategy for small towns, and if you know a bit about the construction industry," Chaparral Concrete Equipment says. "In today's world, there's no reason you shouldn't look online."
According to the article, homeowners are taking advantage of free review sites like Angie's List to find testimonials and contractor ratings. Though these sites are full of opinions from people with good and bad experiences, it is helpful not to always listen to friends, according to the article. From there, it is up to a homeowner to work out a contract and timeline to which the contractor should adhere.
Another useful tip is to keep track of agreements between contractors and subcontractors. According to the article, a contract with a subcontracted plumber, for example, can easily get out of control. It is important for homeowners to stay active throughout the entire process in order to ensure the general contractor is doing his or her job by bringing in reputable and affordable subcontractors.
The article also recommends checking into how many other contracts to which a general contractor has committed. If there are too many, he or she may neglect certain contracts based on various factors. Homeowners can also save by purchasing materials themselves; contractors who buy materials take a margin out of total costs. Another thing to keep in mind is to never let contractors work while on vacation or out of town. This is due to unforeseen project problems, according to Chaparral Concrete Equipment.
Fred Vincent Jr. founded Texas-based company Chaparral Concrete Equipment
in the year 2000. The company is a full-service concrete supplier and specializes in mixers, trucks, concrete plants, and other building materials. The company typically deals with more than 6,000 mixing trucks every year. It also utilizes efficient shipping technology in order to provide contractors with the right tools for the job.