Choosing the Right General Contractor, Part 1: Searching for Contractors Online

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Let’s say you have an upcoming project–maybe it’s remodeling your kitchen, finishing your basement, adding a bathroom, or even building a new house. You’re excited and you have a vision for what you want to do. You’ve spent hours scrolling through the “home design” section on Pinterest putting together your perfect room and you’ve talked to your friends about current home trends. The only problem is that you can’t do the project yourself. You know you need to get bids from several general contractors, but you’re hesitant to get started because you’ve heard horror stories about dealing with them. You’ve never dealt with one before, and you’re unsure how to go about selecting, hiring, and working with one for your project.

Here’s the good news: the construction process won’t be a negative experience, as long as you select the right general contractor for your project and you communicate well with them. Spread across the next four blog posts, we are going to give you the tips you need to keep in mind when searching for and selecting a general contractor for your project. With over 10 years of experience in Utah’s construction industry, we understand the homeowner’s and the contractor’s side of the building process very well. To start out, this week we are going to focus in on how to go about finding prospective contractors to bid your project.

Searching for Contractors

When you start looking for contractors, you have more resources than you might think. Run a few Google searches, but also consider looking at websites targeted toward home building, like BuildingPros.com or Houzz.com. You can also run a few searches on KSL Local as well. Be specific in your searches–don’t just search for “general contractors”, try searching for “remodelers,” “renovators,” or “kitchen remodelers” and be sure that your search is specific to your area. Don’t just call the first few that you find–look a little deeper for website links, social media links, and reviews.

Importance of an Online Presence

In today’s construction industry, having an online presence is absolutely essential to success because it shows the level of modernity and competitiveness of a company. Having a strong online presence and identity represents a commitment to modern techniques, organization, and attention to detail. It might sound kind of fickle, but companies that don’t have a solid website and social media base are old fashioned, often use outdated building techniques, and don’t value modern forms of communication. When you find a few contractors that you think could be good, set up bid appointments with the best 3-5 contractors that you find.

That about wraps up our tip for this week. We encourage you to start searching for contractors and see what you find! In the coming weeks, you can expect to see weekly Wednesday posts on how to go through the bidding/interview process, how to select a contractor, and how to have a harmonious relationship with your chosen contractor during construction.

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