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General Contractors and Remodeling Companies in Maryland
Hiring a Maryland general contractor isn’t as simple as opening the yellow pages and randomly choosing one whose ad is appealing; or one that claims to be the low price leader. General contractors and remodeling companies are hired for major projects, and your choice of the best available general contractors in Maryland can’t be careless or hurried.
Trades such as electricians and plumbers have Maryland licensing requirements, but there is no licensing requirement for Maryland remodeling companies. That doesn’t, by any stretch of the imagiantion, indicate that general contractors and remodelers in Maryland don’t have general and specific standards that they must adhere to. Though the general contractors in Maryland aren’t formally licensed, a vast majority of them belong to national and/or regional associations that create and enforce high standards of integrity and competency for their members.
Here are some starting points for finding a dependable general contractor:
- Get recommendations from friends, family and co-workers.
- Staff at local hardware, lumber or home improvement outlets will often share valuable contractor information with you.
- Talk with county/city building and zoning officials about specific contractor’s work records.
When you’ve narrowed your list to a few contractors, it’s time to get down to specifics:
- Find out how long the candidate’s done business in your area.
- Determine if they’ve completed projects similar to yours. Go see the project and talk with the client if possible.
- Get information concerning their subcontractors, and insure that the subcontractors will be licensed and insured.
- Make sure that the contractor is adequately insured. Ask to see written documentation.
- Investigate any instances of subcontractor liens on the homeowner’s property.
After choosing a contractor, it’s essential that the homeowner get all of the various terms and details in writing. Start with an itemized quote for all materials and labor. Establish a firm starting date and completion date in writing. Agree, in writing, how payments are to be made—never pay for the completed project up front. A common method of payment would be half payment to start the project and the remainder upon completion.
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