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How to Choose the
Right General
Contractor
Follow These Steps for a Great Experience
Begin with the end in mind
• Have a clear vision
of what you want to
achieve in your
space.
• Think about design
and funct...
Do I need an architect?
• Many home and office
improvement projects
may not require
professional design
services and can b...
How do I know the right company when I
meet them?
• Look for a local
established company
• Check out their
website to see ...
The first meeting!
• Interview at least 3
contractors
• Share your
vision, and see if
you have synergy.
You may be
togethe...
Do your due diligence
• Ask for a copy of
their license, bond
and insurance
• They should have
workers
compensation,
prope...
The bid process
• If you are having
several contractors
bid, make sure that
they are bidding on
the exact same
scope and q...
Check references
• Follow up on the
references you receive
• Ask specific questions
such as:
1. Did the contractor
begin w...
Local building codes and
permits
• The complex
elements of local
building codes and
permits are familiar
to the right
prof...
Choosing a company
• Choose a company
that you feel at
ease with and is
well matched to the
scope and
complexity of your
p...
A well written contract is
essential
• Look for a professional
contract with a detailed
scope of work
• All materials shou...
Warranty should be standard
• One year on materials
and workmanship
• An arbitration
agreement is a good
idea for faster d...
Enjoy working with a true
professional!
• RVM Construction
has been serving
the Southern
California area with
quality addi...
Our Mission and Philosophy
• At RVM exceptional quality construction and customer
service go hand in hand with budget and ...
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  1. 1. How to Choose the Right General Contractor Follow These Steps for a Great Experience
  2. 2. Begin with the end in mind • Have a clear vision of what you want to achieve in your space. • Think about design and function: How will you use the space, where will furniture go, where do you need outlets, speakers, storage?
  3. 3. Do I need an architect? • Many home and office improvement projects may not require professional design services and can be handled by an experienced contractor. • But if you need them…make sure the contractor that you choose has good professional relationships with designers and architects that he can recommend.
  4. 4. How do I know the right company when I meet them? • Look for a local established company • Check out their website to see if they do the kind of work you need • Use Houzz.com for resources • Look for reviews • Check the BBB and consumer affairs
  5. 5. The first meeting! • Interview at least 3 contractors • Share your vision, and see if you have synergy. You may be together for a while so hire someone you like. • What ideas can they bring to the table?
  6. 6. Do your due diligence • Ask for a copy of their license, bond and insurance • They should have workers compensation, property damage and personal liability insurance. • Your local licensing agency will have the minimum requirements
  7. 7. The bid process • If you are having several contractors bid, make sure that they are bidding on the exact same scope and quality of work. • Discuss bid variations and beware of a substantially lower bid. Investigate!
  8. 8. Check references • Follow up on the references you receive • Ask specific questions such as: 1. Did the contractor begin work on time? 2. Was the job site kept neat? 3. How was the communication handled? 4. Were the final details handled well? 5. Would you use this contractor again without hesitation?
  9. 9. Local building codes and permits • The complex elements of local building codes and permits are familiar to the right professional • Do not obtain your own permits! Whoever obtains the permit is liable for the work
  10. 10. Choosing a company • Choose a company that you feel at ease with and is well matched to the scope and complexity of your project • Don’t hire a handyman to build an addition!
  11. 11. A well written contract is essential • Look for a professional contract with a detailed scope of work • All materials should be specified, including size, color, model, brand name and product • Start date, progress dates, and end date with payment schedule • Understand and study the required plans for accuracy
  12. 12. Warranty should be standard • One year on materials and workmanship • An arbitration agreement is a good idea for faster dispute resolution • Understand all aspects of the contract fully before you sign and make the first payment • Ask for a final release with the final payment to mitigate sub contractor liens
  13. 13. Enjoy working with a true professional! • RVM Construction has been serving the Southern California area with quality additions, remodels, new construction, tenant improvements and factory upgrades for 35 years.
  14. 14. Our Mission and Philosophy • At RVM exceptional quality construction and customer service go hand in hand with budget and schedule goals. Phone: (714) 632-9420 Fax: (714) 632-9520 Email: sales@RVMconstruction.com RVM Contractor License #586334
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