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How do I hire the best general contractor in D.C.?

No matter what kind of project you are tackling, your general contractor should have a good track record of completed work and satisfied customers. Search for the best general contractors in Washington, D.C., and look for positive customer reviews and project photos that are similar to your project. 

Make sure your general contractor has the proper license, insurance and registration. You can ask pros to send you this information, or you can search for it online

Hire a D.C. contractor after you receive cost estimates from at least three or five general contractors.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To set up a consultation or appointment with a general contractor during the COVID-19 pandemic, start by performing an online search for local professionals near you.

Message the contractor, and see if they are willing to set up a video consultation call instead of an in-person site visit. With video chat, the contractor may be able to assess the scale of the project, give you better information on what needs to be done and perhaps provide an estimate. Be sure to discuss virtual payments, as well as general strategies for staying safe.

How can I find out if a general contractor is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

To find out whether a general contractor is considered essential in your area during the current coronavirus pandemic, visit your city or state’s government website, which will have information on essential services.

Find information on national recommendations by visiting CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 webpage. However, not all jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

Can I use digital payments to pay for general contractor services?

Currently, many general contractors are using common digital payment services like PayPal, Venmo, Square Cash, Zelle, Google Pay and more. And more will likely adopt these and similar platforms as coronavirus continues to force companies to take on digital capabilities.

Contact general contractors beforehand to discuss whether they accept digital payments, and take all necessary measures to meet social distancing recommendations. You can also compare general contractors side-by-side online to see which ones accept digital payments.

Do general contractors offer remote or virtual services?

General contractors perform manual work and typically need to be present to complete their projects. However, if you come across a profile that states the contractor is offering remote services, ask what those services include. You can also ask if they can perform a consultation via video call and if they can do the job while following guidelines from the CDC and local agencies.

Why should you hire a contractor?

Hiring a general contractor is a good idea for many remodeling projects. Home renovation contractors have a broad range of skills to manage, coordinate and complete a project. They should help make sure your project comes in on time and within your budget as they hire and supervise all the necessary subcontractors, including electricians and plumbers. They also handle procuring all the materials required for your job. Some homeowners look to save money by acting as their own contractor, but an experienced home renovation contractor is worth the cost. They should know local building codes, be able to pull all necessary permits, and work with inspectors to make sure the construction meets local codes. Also, because they get professional discounts, they can typically buy materials at a better price than you can; better prices on materials and labor save you money, and make up for at least a percentage of the cost of the contractor.

When should you hire a contractor?

A few home remodeling projects can be done by an ambitious DIY-minded homeowner or local handyman, but many are best completed by a professional home renovation contractor. You should hire a contractor when you’re planning a large project that takes time, machinery or large tools, and several workers; a kitchen remodel, new bathroom or home addition will be most successful with a licensed, expert contractor at the helm. It’s particularly important to have a professional contractor on board for construction, electrical, plumbing and HVAC projects that require inspections to meet local building codes. Of course, you can hire a contractor for smaller projects, too, if you prefer to let an expert handle things like addition or removal of a wall, small framing projects, or anything that requires a permit.  

You should hire a contractor when you’re ready to start a remodeling project and you have plans, a budget and a timeline for the work in hand, but before any remodeling work begins.

How much will it cost to remodel my house?

The cost to remodel a home is highly variable — size and scope of the project, quality of materials, and the number of subcontractors required to complete the job all affect the total cost. The average national cost of a home renovation project is $13,500. The national average per-square-foot cost of a remodel ranges from $25 to $100. Nationally, kitchen and bathroom remodels are the most popular types of projects, in part because they typically have the highest return on investment when the home is sold. The national average cost of a major kitchen remodel ranges from $25,000 to $62,000, while the average bathroom remodel tends to cost $6,000 to $18,000. In addition to materials and labor costs, many remodeling project costs include permit fees, which, average $900 or more, depending on your location.

Reviews for Washington attic contractors
Gus B.
I found Eddie at IS Enterprises when my child was tested high for lead in the blood, and the test got referred to the city of DC. Like many people in the city, our house was built before 1978 and the paint contains lead. We were required by law to remediate: radiators, every variety of trim, exterior, basement. The city gave me a list of about 50 lead certified contractors and a one-month deadline. As a working single mother with a baby, I was overwhelmed. I narrowed it down based on online reviews. And eventually I interviewed several companies. I decided to work with Eddie, because of price and how easy he was to work with. He developed a quote based on the minimum I had to do to make my house lead safe for my baby and to pass inspection. He also developed a quote that took into account some of the things that I wanted to do on my house. The prices were reasonable given the technical work to be done to protect my baby. They were not nearly as high as many of the contractors I had found in DC who are lead certified but who subcontract that part of the work out. Eddie gave me fair prices, was clear up front about the extras I would be responsible for in the lead remediation (paying for the lead permits, specialized cleanings, inspections, etc). and was willing to itemize the work to be done so I could adapt specific decisions about what to do based on pricing. We priced out several scenarios - replacing vs remediating various lead-affected items. They did nearly all of the work in-house, with only a few parts subcontracted. They are bonded and insured. Eddie got lead remediation permits quickly. We worked together for a year, the first six months of this driven by my own delays. We had to move out of the house for the lead remediation portion of the work. When they completed the lead remediation, I added on more work because their their initial work was high quality and fast: some bathroom updates, some attic updates, etc. There were a few delays, as we waited for products to arrive and then the team wasn't available to come back immediately when the parts had arrived. But Eddie communicated well and was flexible when I asked for changes to the schedule. As problems arose, as is inevitable, especially when I put myself in charge of ordering some of the parts, I was impressed by Eddie's willingness to work through them quickly and constructively. My experience was outstanding. The key component of this was the team. Eddie is patient and flexible, and he listens well. He sometimes found lower cost solutions for problems I had identified. His team was friendly and respectful of my home. The lead worker, Willie, worked efficiently and carefully and was always friendly with my baby. The workmanship was excellent. When I noticed things I wanted done slightly differently, the team addressed them promptly. We passed the lead inspection on the first try. I have experience in real estate, I have worked with a dozen contractors in DC, and I have accumulated a lot of horror stories over the years. My experience with this company was exactly the opposite: it was great. Eddie and I put everything into contracts, but a handshake with him was also meaningful. Eddie, Willie and the team were true professionals and fair minded. They did high-quality work efficiently and with integrity. It is hard to imagine being happy about a lead remediation. Doing this work is inherently stressful. But these guys did everything they could to make it as easy an experience as possible. They were more than a pleasure to do business with.
IS Enterprises, Inc.IS Enterprises, Inc.
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