Virginia General Contractors Help Your Project Stay on Schedule

Filed Under: Virginia Contractor    by: Steve Kayhill

home_improvementThere are two vital portions of every home improvement project – budget and schedule. While the budget is usually set at the beginning and variances are most often within your control, the schedule is another story. Weather, material delivery and difficulties on site can all contribute to schedule delays that can be both frustrating and expensive. How do you avoid these problems when taking on a major home renovation? Call in Virginia general contractors to help your project stay on schedule and to keep your stress level low.

How Do General Contractors Help?

The expertise and industry knowledge that Virginia contractors have give them a distinct edge over the average homeowner. Not only will they know how to best set up the schedule for your project (such as which stages must be done in which order), but they will be able to keep that schedule moving, sometimes against all of the odds.

General contractors have industry wide connections that include building supply stores, tradesmen and municipal workers like inspectors and those in the plans department. These connections can help them to avoid delays, push through shipments and source out reputable tradesmen when other schedules conflict.

Going It On Your Own

Many people think that they can save time and money by being their own general contractor. But often going that route results in much higher overall costs and a schedule that can quickly get out of control. When materials are on back order will you know who else to call for a quick delivery? When the permit is being held up on someone’s desk or the specifications for engineered drawings are unclear will you have the ability to straighten it out fast and effectively? When the trades don’t show up will you have a reliable and experienced tradesman on backup?

General contractors in Virginia would have all of these situations well under control, meaning your project would stay on schedule.

Get Back to Normal Quicker

Home renovations are often disrupting for the whole family. Additions occupy a good part of the lawn and can make a part of your home unlivable while the project is being done. Kitchen remodeling pushes meal preparation to the BBQ or somewhere else much less convenient. And bathroom renovations can cause delays and issues in the plumbing, not to mention general disruption around the immediate area.

While the finished product is always worth these small hassles, with the help of general contractors you can have your home back to normal – and even better – in no time. Think about the time saved when a kitchen or main floor renovation goes quickly and smoothly. Imagine how much your family will enjoy the new basement with a remodeling project that’s fast and hassle free.

Virginia general contractors will get you there quick and with much less worry and issues than you could imagine. Their experience and professionalism will keep the lines of communication open and clear and will ensure that only quality materials and skilled installation are included. Hiring a general contracting firm will get the job done right and quick – just the way homeowners like it.

Quick Tips to Stop Water Hammer In Your Home

Filed Under: Virginia Contractor    by: Steve Kayhill

When it comes to home repair, banging or loud pipes are a constant problem, especially in older homes with loosevirginia_general_contractor_3 plumbing in the walls. Before you hire a Virginia general contractor to come in and fix the plumbing issue during your next remodel, check out these tips and information on loud pipes – you might just be able to fix the problem on your own.

What Causes the Noise?

“Water hammer” as it’s frequently known is a common cause of pipes that bang. Where a home has high water pressure, shutting off the tap tends to cause pressure to back build rapidly which jolts the pipes. It’s a bit like laying on the brakes in your vehicle. When something shuts the water off rapidly after dumping a large amount of water, like a washer or dishwasher, you may experience a rather violent or louder bang. Read more…

The Virginia General Contractor – Does Every Home Need Gutters?

Filed Under: Virginia Contractor    by: Steve Kayhill

Gutters are commonly recommend for just about every home. Whether or not they’re necessary and yougutters-virginia-general-contractor should have a Virginia general contractor install them for you depends on the answer to two key questions:

-How much rain will the roof need to handle?

-Where does the water drain?

Without any gutters, a home needs to have a feature that will ensure the runoff of the rain is directed away from the foundation of the home. If there is an overhang on the home that extends far enough out, the water should adequately drain. Unfortunately, this is unusual as the eaves on most homes only stick out around 2’ Read more…

More Information About Virginia General Contractors

Filed Under: Virginia Contractor    by: Steve Kayhill

virginia_general_contractor_4With all of the access to information these days via the internet and other communications networks, there is still a surprising amount of ignorance regarding exactly what it is that a general contractor is supposed to do/know for private residential customers. In essence, the general contractor is responsible for establishing agreements with the developers (usually the homeowners in residential situations) for the development (new construction), renovation (also called remodeling) and demolition. A lot of responsibility rests on the shoulders of the average Virginia general contractor.

What General Contactors Need to Know

This doesn’t necessarily mean that the contractor is familiar with all of the areas that they deal with, however. On the contrary, the general contractor’s main strength is finding the right person for the job that needs to be done. Being a full service general contractor means that you know where to find the best plumbers, electricians, or cement mixers, or anything that a home might need done.

A Virginia general contractor has to coordinate the efforts of multiple teams on jobs that are particularly large, complicated, or on a time crunch. That means that it takes good strong managerial skills to keep everyone working together, and you also have to be good at keeping schedules to ensure that the work is done in the right order and at the right times.

As the primary coordinator, the general contractor is also responsible for making sure the subcontractors get paid. They are also in charge of the supply chain, in regards of finding out what the other contractors need to accomplish their goals and finding the best place to acquire the necessary materials.

For these reasons, a good Virginia general contractor has to be a “jack-of-all trades”, a person who is familiar with every aspect of design, construction, and repair, but really a master at none. Well-rounded is an understatement. A general contractor also has to maintain a lot of industry contacts and “keep an ear to the ground” so to speak about where the best places to get the best prices on one material or service over another.

Searching For Your General Contractor

When you need a general contractor, you have to trust them to know what they are doing and that they can get the job done. For people who want to have a lot of work done, a general contractor can help keep the job organized and on schedule. The best way to get a contractor that you trust is to set up a little interview process for yourself, so that you know you are asking the right questions, and getting the answers you need.
For your home projects, you want the very best at a reasonable price. That is the American way after all, and you should have to settle for anything less. If you live in Virginia, a General Contractor that can help you with any project that you might need is only a click away.