You’ve asked friends to recommend great contractors, picked your favorite, checked references — and maybe even conducted an online background check on our business. So you’ve found GKing Construction for your home improvement project.
Before you make a commitment, here’s what you need to know in order to get your project moving along
Even if you believe you found the best contractor in the area, don’t hire us unless you’re sure we’re right for your project. We have plenty of work, and we want you to feel comfortable in your decision to hire us.
You should solicit at least three bids from three different contractors before awarding a home improvement project. This way you can make an educated hiring decision by comparing costs, methods, and materials. This also helps by having 3 sets of eyes on the project and other contractors may find issues another didn’t address.
What you should do: Make sure you have a basis for comparison when asking for bids. Provide each contractor with the same project details. This may include materials you wish to use and floor plans. Although cost should be one of your deciding factors, other points to consider include scheduling and communication style. Speaking of communication style – GKing Construction is very responsive. We text, email, and do good old fashion phone conversations as well.
General contractors often don’t do the physical work themselves. GKing Construction does maintain our own employees and a reliable list of high quality sub contractors. We typically handle all electrical, carpentry, plumbing, tile, windows, or handyman type work in-house. We sometimes do painting, and sometimes sub out painting but we always sub out any other work such as countertops, roofing, landscaping, plastering, carpet or linoleum installation, or other highly specialized work that would be better suited for a specialist. This is a process that ensures that we deliver the highest quality work at a pace that is reasonable.
When you sign a contract, you’re usually expected to pay a deposit. But that’s not for covering the contractor’s initial materials or set-up costs. It’s to ensure you are dedicated to using us for the project.
GKing Construction is financially sound and in good standing with our suppliers, we don’t need to pay for anything up front. In fact, many states limit a contractor’s advance. California maxes out deposits at 10% of the job cost, or $1,000 — whichever is smaller. We sometimes do require a down payment, but not always. We prefer to collect payments when work starts and work with a progress based payment schedule up until final payment. We do allow a 10% retention of the final payment if the client requests.
About our contract: Our contract is a standard contract you would want to see from any contractor. There is no fine print, and its a quite lengthy 24 page contract. We always give a blank sample contract when we submit our initial estimates for you to review beforehand. We are a no pressure company, and we don’t use any sales tactics to get you to sign a contract with us. Our contract is required by the CSLB and meets the requirements set forth by them. It is designed to protect both the homeowner, and us, the contractor by laying out all of the terms for the work to be done.
Sure, there are contractors who have strong design abilities. Chances are, however, they’re spending a lot more time designing than running their businesses.
What you should do: Depending upon the complexity of your project, you may need a number of skilled pros to get the job done. So don’t count on a contractor to design your space and add clever details. We are not a designer, or an architect – but we ARE willing to help you out if you need it. We still recommend hiring a designer or architect if you have a project that’s very complex or high-end.