September 8th, 2014
It can be hard to determine what constitutes an emergency when it comes to problems with your plumbing. Something that might not seem like it requires urgent attention might do irreparable damage by the time you realize you need a plumber. If you encounter the following issues in your home, it is a good idea to call in an emergency [...]
September 4th, 2014
Installing a living roof is the perfect opportunity to garden in a unique location, to reduce environmental damage from the city, and to raise the value of your home. Here are three major reasons to consider installing your green roof immediately.
Avid Gardener? Extend Your Garden to Your Roofing
The point of a green roof is to help insulate and protect your [...]
August 29th, 2014
Waking up to the sound of water gushing into your basement or water pouring out from under your sink are actual plumbing emergencies. In extreme cases like these, you might actually have to call a plumber in the middle of the night, on a holiday weekend. Plumbers know that such situations are unpredictable, requiring them to be on-call once in [...]
August 5th, 2014
If you really, really love your home, you’ve probably put a lot of time and effort into it making it the perfect family haven. In spite of all of your hard work, you may be trying to come up with ways to make it even more fabulous. Whether through technological innovations or smart design choices, there are things you can [...]
Begin the process of building your company the right way
After an architect has designed a building, the project is turned over to the general contractor. General contractors are among the most important people that handle a construction project. Without them the projects will not get off the ground or will turn out sloppy. A general building contractor is responsible for ensuring that you have all of the materials that you need as well as the man power to put them together. They also maintain the schedule and ensure that the building gets put together the way it is originally planned.
Pricing is one of the first things that a general building contractor will do. They will generally have to overview the schematics for the building and make a decision on the materials that they are going to need, the man hours that it will take, etc. For renovations, the general building contractor will probably have to visit the site to give a more detailed analysis. When this analysis is complete, the estimate is given. Multiple building contractors might be hired to give an estimate, in which case they will likely try to compete for the position.
In order to become a proper general building contractor, you have to be officially licensed in most circumstances. What these circumstances are can vary from state to state, but in most cases if you have a contract above a certain price tag, you will have to be licensed. For example, California requires that ever construction job over $500 be completed by a licensed contractor. Getting a license usually involves having a solid education and some experience working in the construction field. If you are buying, make sure that your contractor is licensed.