One of the first do-it-yourself decisions is whether to use a General Contractor.

One of the first do-it-yourself decisions is whether to use a General Contractor.

Our readers might suspect that our answer (as we are General Contractors) would always be yes.  Be surprised.  We believe that there are many projects that you can easily serve as your own General Contractor while there are others for which trying to be the General...
Designers and contractors who draw plans themselves do not in most states have specific licenses for creating plans.

Designers and contractors who draw plans themselves do not in most states have specific licenses for creating plans.

Regardless of which method you select to have plans produced, the process of finding and choosing someone to do plans is much the same as finding the contractor that we discuss in a later chapter.  In general, always use your trusted professional (if you have one),...
Informing Contractors of Award

Informing Contractors of Award

You should advise the winning contractor that you intend to have them do the work after you have reviewed their contract.  Many clients skip this all important step and think that the proposal they have been evaluating is the contract.  In most cases this should not...
Dealing with multiple contractors

Dealing with multiple contractors

We suggest a better method of getting the competitive bidding process to yield the lowest fair bid is to first advise each contractor that you are considering that they are amongst the final contractors for the project.  We suggest limiting this group of finalists to...
Competing Contractors

Competing Contractors

We caution against trying to play one contractor off against another.  This would be the process of providing one contractor with the lower bid of their competitor (assuming the scope is equal) to see if they will lower their bid.  While competitive bidding is...

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