6 Things To Look For in a General Contractor

Picking the right general contractor for you is the most important part of any project.


A good contractor just doesn’t magically appear in your home one day. They have been doing this job for a while now and have the work to show for it. You should be asking everyone for their portfolio right off the bat. Don’t be afraid to use it for inspiration even. If you want the best you have to see who does the best work.


You want someone that is going to be taken away by the project completion as much as you are. You are also going to be dealing with this person for the next 3-12+ months.

Do you really want to be doing business with this person if you have the slightest feel of distaste for?

Absolutely not, you want someone who is going to have your back 150% of the way.

You want someone who is going to go to bat for your when a problem arises. You are going to want someone who loses sleep over a project hiccup, so you don’t have to. Think about these things when you are talking with them and your project will go smoothly.


Honesty, accountability, passion and integrity are the most important traits in this industry. Try to sense if your product has these. You want a contractor that is going to turn over a product you will be happy with for years to come.


Who better knows a contractor than their past client?

This is a common practice, don’t shy asking for references. If they can’t provide more than 3…you know where we are going with this.

When talking with those references you will learn a lot about what to expect from that contractor. The best service typically isn’t proven until a problem arises and is resolved. Contact those references to get the outlook to make a decision. 

Problem Solving

Any contractor that tells you they have never had a problem is a liar. That’s our job. We deal with issues every single day, and we keep the train car on the track to completion. For every problem, there is a solution. You are going to want to find someone with that attitude.

Design focused Team

Anybody can get a vanity from Home Depot and drill it into a wall. What sets the amateurs from the professionals is design. Having a design orientated contractor will be massively helpful! Your designer won’t be on the job site everyday. Your contractor will be. A design orientated contractor will provide the guidance and attention to detail that is necessary to turn your design into reality.

Why is this important?

At the end of the day you want a project to add value. Market value yes, but you also want it to create emotional, physical, and mental value for you every day. These designers have spent their careers studying humans interaction with space. You are going to want that expertise in your corner.

And at The Build Firm we bring it to your corner, every single day! We want you to love the space your in every day for years to come. Contact Us below to be connected with one of our professionals to assist you in your home dreams.

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