July 29th, 2014
The most time-consuming step in replacing a window pane is usually removing the putty. This is often a relatively easy task with new windows, but it’s much more difficult when the putty becomes old and brittle. The following steps show how a homeowner who is familiar with home repair tasks can remove putty from an old window.
Step 1. Warm up [...]
July 22nd, 2014
If you need a new roof on your commercial building, knowing the proper terminology can be a big plus. It can help you communicate with your contractor and eliminate misunderstandings that could cause delays or added expense. When you know what you are talking about, it can give you a leg up at the negotiating table as well. Communicating on [...]
July 22nd, 2014
The number of roofing materials can be overwhelming, but homeowners need to know the basics about roofing options before they invest thousands of dollars to install a new roof. Here’s a quick guide that reviews the five most commonly used roofing materials.
1. Asphalt shingles
Asphalt shingles are probably the most popular roofing material in the US. They are likely to be [...]
July 14th, 2014
If you have or are considering concrete countertops in your kitchen, proper maintenance is the best way to keep them looking their best. There is more to concrete countertop maintenance than prompt cleaning with warm water and a neutral pH cleanser. Below are several extremely important tips to keep your countertop in tip-top shape and maximize its lifespan.
After the concrete [...]
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.