FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
General Contractor, New Jersey
What Types of Remodeling Best Improve Property Value?A recent survey by National Association of Realtors shows which home improvements yield the best ROI. One of the best investments is siding and window replacement. Adding an attic or bedroom is a smart way to add a room and increase property value.
Adding wood deck, remodeling kitchens and cabinet doors, adding a breakfast bar and adding lighting fixtures were all reported as good investments. Install granite tiles on kitchen counters instead of granite slab its much cheaper but looks great.
Make sure your contractor explains everything in the contract. Check references and ask questions.
If scope of work requires a permit, is cost of pulling the permit included? What is the start date and estimated finish date? Does the proposal include warranty and what specifically does it cover? Who will be in charge of the project? What materials will be used? What subcontractors will be used? Are you diligent about cleanup? General Contractors need to communicate well and properly document with subcontractors and employees. Is the contractor communicating well with you and giving you a clear and detailed proposal? Make sure any promises are in the written contract. Having an expert GC coordinate and subcontract work is often a great value typically a GC adds only about 10 15% to subcontractors costs.
Establish specifications in order to have contractors bid on the same requirements. The cheapest contractor isnt always the best value. Verify licensing and insurance see below.
Why Should I Hire Only a General Contractor that is Licensed & Insured?Damage or injury caused by an uninsured Contractor can result in denial of coverage. If an uninsured contractors employee gets hurt on the job, you can be liable. If you didn't pull a permit when required, you might be forced to undo the work. If an unlicensed contractor fails to fulfill terms of contract, you may not be able to win a lawsuit. The contract might be deemed illegal.
Most counties and municipalities in New Jersey issue licenses for General Contractors. New Jersey requires a Home Improvement Contractors License. Verify license data with New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.
Bonding can guarantee completion and cover various property damage claims caused by a general contractor. To confirm your contractor's Workers Compensation in New Jersey call, 609-292-2515 or visit the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.