GKing Construction

General Contractor, Home remodeling, Kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling


September 29, 2018

Choosing a contractor that fits

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

1. We’re Not the Only Contractor in Town

Even if you believe you found a few of the best contractor’s in the area, don’t hire us unless you’re sure we’re right for your project. I can’t speak for other contractors but GKing Construction has plenty of work year round, 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, other contractors may find issues another didn’t address.

What you should do: Look on google maps, yelp, houzz, or thumbtack for contractors and schedule an estimate.

  • 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.

Modern kitchen with wood floors

2. Your Contractor is Going to Sub Out some of the Work

General contractors often don’t do the physical work themselves. GKing Construction does maintain our own employees and a reliable list of high quality subcontractors. We typically handle all electrical, carpentry, plumbing, tile, windows, painting or carpentry work in-house. We  always sub out work such as countertops, roofing, landscaping, plastering, carpet, 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.

3. A Big Deposit is Unnecessary — and Possibly Illegal

When you sign a contract, your 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.

Up front payments for materials and labor are a red flag

GKing Construction is financially sound and in good standing with our suppliers, we don’t need to pay for most materials up front. In fact, many states limit a contractor’s advance. California limits deposits at contract signing to 10% of the job cost, or $1,000 — whichever is smaller. We do occasionally require a down payment if a job is scheduled more than 6 weeks in advance. 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 due to the multiple duplicate notices required by the CSLB. We always give a blank sample contract when we submit our initial estimates for you to review beforehand. Our contract is required by the CSLB and meets the requirements set forth by the CSLB. It is designed to protect both the homeowner and the contractor by laying out all of the terms for the work to be done. We are a no pressure company, and we don’t use any sales tactics to get you to sign a contract with us. If you choose us to complete your project that’s great, but if not we wish you the best of luck with it as well.

4. Contractors are not designers or architect’s

Sure, there are contractors who have strong design abilities. Chances are, however, they’re spending a lot more time designing than running their businesses.

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. Contractors are not designer’s or an architect. Generally, a contractor will be willing to help you out if you need it though. Contractors can draw plans for permits and help with minor design elements, most small bathroom or kitchen remodel projects typically do not need a designer or architect. We recommend reading our article How to Decide Between Hiring an Architect or a Designer if you have a project that’s very complex or high-end.