Homeowners Guide to choosing “The Right General Contractor”

Homeowners Guide to choosing “The Right General Contractor”

Homeowners Guide to choosing “The Right General Contractor”

A home is one of the most important assets one can have, whether you’re a new homeowner or you’ve lived in your home for years you know that there is always improvements & maintenance that needs to be done to keep your home beautiful and in good shape.

Finding a contractor in today’s world can become an overwhelming experience because of the many options available, the top 5 consumer rated sources are:

  1. Angie’s List
  2. Houzz
  3. Buildzoom
  4. Home Advisor
  5. BBB

We’ve made it easy for you to narrow down your options to hire “The Right Contractor” by highlighting the most important things you should check off your list before you make a final decision:


  • Any general contractor that is coming to your home should be registered & have an active license with the CSLB 
  • Must provide references and contact information to previous clients and projects along with current clients and projects in progress upon request. 
  • A well-established Contractor should have substantial reviews on Angie’s List, BBB, Buildzoom, Houzz, Google &  Yelp with descriptions of clients experience & photos of their work.
  • Provides proof of active bond & insurance.
  • Provides business card or proper credentials with a verifiable business address and contact information.


Alright, you’re off to a good start! Now that you’ve qualified your options it’s time to make sure you check off the next list to achieve a successful project.


  1. The contractor you choose to work on your home should not only make you feel comfortable, but he/she should also be easy to communicate with and answer any questions or concerns you may have prior to being hired.


  1. If it sounds too good to be true…You know the rest!

Yes, it’s tempting to go for the lowest price but more than likely it will end up costing you more in the long run.

To make sure you are getting a transparent deal and avoid any misunderstandings make sure to request a formal written proposal along with the detailed description of the scope of work and a clear list of what is included and what is not included in the price. 


  1. You’ve now made a decision and you are ready to move forward on your project, exciting! The contractor should provide you with a detailed Home Improvement Contract that must include the following:


A clear description of the work

An exact amount of the contract

Start date of the project

The approximate completion date of the project

A stage payment schedule

A  3 Day right to cancel



  1. Down Payment: BEWARE! it is illegal to ask for or accept a down payment of more than 10 percent of the total home improvement contract price or $1,000 whichever is less.


  1. Last but not least- A good contractor will protect your property as if it were his/hers by covering traffic areas and ensuring safety while working in your home.


You’ve done your homework, now it’s time to build your dream home!


Contact DHR Builders and schedule a free consultation today!  (323) 723-3283