Originally Posted by plot
- figure out what you want (done -- 360 sq feet of bumped-out hallway)
- get existing plans (done)
- get proposed plans
- find trustworthy General Contractor (HOW???)
- lay out timeline and materials list
- get all the materials together
- start work
Where did you get the existing plans?
Your new plans should be in your hands when you go looking for the GC.
Finding a good GC is a lot of legwork
Talk to friends
Talk to real lumber yards (not box stores)
Talk to town office
Interview three - and give each one a copy of the SAME plan
One you've got a GC you like, go over some things that often don't get mentioned.
GC & you should be laying out the timeline together
GC will hire & manage the subs.
Work out a payment schedule.
Talk about working hours and how to gain & control access to your home.
Talk about dust control
Talk about the use of your bathroom facilities
Talk about parking & material storage
Show him where the power & water shutoffs are.
Talk about potential damage to the landscaping and what is the expectation when they leave.
You might make a checklist that the two of you go over and have him sign it.
Don't assume anything
Now if he's a good GC, HE will bring up these topics to help you feel at ease.