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Old 07-20-2013, 05:57 PM   #46
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Thanks MTN. Funny you mention evaluating hack vs pro jobs. I really want to do this job myself, and I certainly want everything square and level, and done properly. I think I have the attention to details and common sense to do it, but I don't think I have the knowledge or experience to do a pro job.

I would really like to hire a general contractor and work 1 on 1. I know 1 or 2 guys that might be willing to do this, but I haven't really seen much of their work. Any advice here?
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:33 PM   #47
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Thanks MTN. Funny you mention evaluating hack vs pro jobs. I really want to do this job myself, and I certainly want everything square and level, and done properly. I think I have the attention to details and common sense to do it, but I don't think I have the knowledge or experience to do a pro job.

I would really like to hire a general contractor and work 1 on 1. I know 1 or 2 guys that might be willing to do this, but I haven't really seen much of their work. Any advice here?
Ya know.... There really is no secret..... You sound both smart and honest....

1) Due diligence... ask for recommendations and call them.... I've gotten lists of pages of references from the sub, called them, and yes the sub roofer had done their roof, but people told me of problems, OK job, late, messy, and they were no reference at all.

Depending on the cost involved, ask a contractor if you can see some of their work... while the man can't walk you right into someone's residence, pro's are proud of their work, often become friends of their clients, and will gladly understand and want to show off their work.

I've also heard of close-by jobs they are on, and driven by for 20 minutes to see their crew.

2) Get to know contracts... what's fair, what's out of line. You don't want to depend on that contract and subsequent litigation, but you will learn something about the contractor by how he contracts...

...plus ultimately, that contract does become a last resort for settlement if you do get a bad/weak contractor (It happens to all of us at one time or another that we get a bad sub).

3) If you don't know the issue for which you're contracting, like maybe a new kinda roofing, or new type assembly/product, spend the 30 minutes and research on the internet, maybe this site, probably just like you are doing now. Then basically I often like to keep my mouth shut, in regard to technical issues, and let the new guy talk/explain. Just like on here, you'll be able to tell who is BS and who is both knowledgeable /honest/ and wants to do it right.

4) Most every job has some unforseen issues, scheduling screw ups, honest mistakes, job changes. As such, I believe give the sub a fair chance to correct and reasonably try to find a solution... before getting upset or taking an agressive position. (However, there may be times for fist-pounding, don't take any crap, withhold payment, or get-rid-them attitude/action)

5) You're probably a young man.... by my standards, and if you can find that guy/contractor who will work 1 to 1 with you, it is extreemly valuable and will serve you for many more years.

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