General Contractor

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Hello i have been a general contractor for thirteen years I started out in the trades (Framing, tile install, cabinets, decks, fences) and moved on to building houses from ground up and finally for the last seven years as a commercial General Contractor. I have vast experience from working with Trades People, Architects, Engineers and City Officials. Have done ground ups, developments from concept to completion. I am currently working on my dream of developing a particular type of community not many are aware of yet. So anyway I am just writing this to let you all know if you have any type of question feel free to ask me and I will do my best to answer it and if i don't know the answer I will tell you were you can find it.

Originally posted by "Investorjay":
Hello i have been a general contractor for thirteen years I started out in the trades (Framing, tile install, cabinets, decks, fences) and moved on to building houses from ground up and finally for the last seven years as a commercial General Contractor. I have vast experience from working with Trades People, Architects, Engineers and City Officials. Have done ground ups, developments from concept to completion. I am currently working on my dream of developing a particular type of community not many are aware of yet. So anyway I am just writing this to let you all know if you have any type of question feel free to ask me and I will do my best to answer it and if i don't know the answer I will tell you were you can find it.

Hey Jay, I got one for ya,, Plan on adding a story to a ranch.. I will be adding a stairway for access up-stairs, need a roof, framing, chimney extenstion, pretty much all the roughing in.. I can take care of the drywall, wiring, plumbing, ect.. Just need it demo'ed and framed in.. Also will be adding attached 2 CG.

It's a " L " shaped home.. Outer dems are 53' -44'-25'-26'-29'-34' clockwise.. I know it looks weird, but I'm sure you will get this..

What would something like that cost? I'm Expecting around $45,000-$55,000.. Am I close? Just curious what to look forward to.. I have some people coming by in the next few days for estimates..

Would something like this be a good idea? Adding 2 beds and a master with a master bath upstairs.. Much added value.

Thaks Jay.

Hi Jay, I think it would be helpful if you posted your location on your profile. Since construction costs an requirements vary by region, it would be good to know where you are located. Thanks!

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i am sorry if i missed any replies, i have it send for notification through my email but it seems i didn't get notified about the post on Dec 16th sorry..... i am in Denver Co.

@N/A N/A - I know this an old post but I stumbled on it and would love to ask a question. I want to take on a large project of rehabbing several distressed properties all within the same block. 1 - What should I look for in a General Contractor? 2 - If repairs are needed externally and internally which is usually the first to be repaired? 3 - If this project has multiple units to it, should I look for a deal with the GC to get it all done? 4 - If I know plumbers, HVAC guys could I use them for certain work and the contractor for all the other work?

@Kizzy Robb usually finding a good GC comes with experience. If you don't have any experience then it could turn out to be a nightmare for you, especially with multiple projects going on at once. Not saying its impossible, but its a lot to handle. Its always good to have friends and people you know in trades, but to expect them to show up and do the job in a timely manner is asking for too much. What ive found is, I know A LOT of people in every trade, and they are always willing to give me a hand. But its on their time. 

As far as the repairs go, it would depend on the condition of the house. If one property has roof and window leaks, then you would want to repair the siding and the roof first. If you don't, then all that inside work will get ruined. 

Good luck on your adventures!

Originally posted by @Kizzy Robb :
@N/A N/A - I know this an old post but I stumbled on it and would love to ask a question.

I want to take on a large project of rehabbing several distressed properties all within the same block.

1 - What should I look for in a General Contractor?

2 - If repairs are needed externally and internally which is usually the first to be repaired?

3 - If this project has multiple units to it, should I look for a deal with the GC to get it all done?

4 - If I know plumbers, HVAC guys could I use them for certain work and the contractor for all the other work?

Ideally it would be awesome if you could find a GC and turn him/her loose on all four. If you havent found one yet though I wouldnt do that. Let them do one (maybe the easiest one) and see how they do. Let them know that you have more work if they perform. Do this with subs too. Never let them assume they have you as a "lock" customer. I have been both GC and sub. Once you have a good relation with them you will know better what you can expect out of them. 

Originally posted by @Daniel Cox IV :

Are there any Licensed General Contractors in Baldwin County, AL. That’s interested in getting a flat fee to be our GC. We will do a lot of the work as the owners. 

What is it you are asking them to do? Pull a permit and let you do the work? I'm not sure that would work for most GCs. If you want to do that see what it takes to become your own GC. Often you can get a bond, pay a fee and get licensed. The bond is often less than 200 dollars and the fee is often less than 100. These are annual fees usually. By doing this, you will pay for one flat fee GC on the first job.  If you can find one that is. 

Then, the stuff you don't want to do just sub it out. 

 

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