Things to Look for When Hiring General Contractors Grand Junction

At Western Constructors, we’ve spent a lot of time educating you about the ins and outs of our industry. It’s important to us that you know as much as possible so you can make the right decisions. We’ve told you about how to hire the right commercial contractor for your needs (you can find a link to that article here). But we think it’s just as important to tell you about the bad contractors, too. What happens when you hire a general contractor and they’re not a good fit? What red flags could you have noticed that would have told you to watch out for them? In today’s article, we’ll talk about those red flags and how to know if you’re working with someone you probably shouldn’t. By telling you things to look for when hiring general contractors, Grand Junction will be able to make good decisions in the future.

Bad General Contractors’ Money and Behavior

Of course, when it comes to money, there are a lot of possible red flags. But something you can look out for early on is when your contractor asks for too much money up front. Generally, contractors do need to be paid up front because they need to spend money on the project. This is a normal part of the construction industry. But when your contractor starts asking for too much, it should be an immediate red flag. It’s usually standard for general contractors to ask for about 15% up front. Most states actually prohibit contractors from asking for more than 33%. So if your contractor comes up to you and asks for 50% up front, you’re probably in the company of a bad contractor. Good contractors are confident enough in their work that they know they’ll receive the rest of their payment upon completing project milestones.

Behavior is another thing to look for when hiring general contractors in Grand Junction and elsewhere. If the contractor you hired was friendly and cooperative when you hired them but is irritable, confrontational, or unavailable when your project starts, it should be another red flag. People have bad days sometimes, but it’s a general contractor’s responsibility to be professional and keep their clients satisfied. So if they’re kind to you before you hire them and start acting unprofessionally toward you later on, it’s probably a sign that you’ve hired a bad general contractor. And unprofessional behavior doesn’t just extend to their client interactions. Obviously, if a contractor is drinking alcohol at the work site, they shouldn’t be your contractor anymore. It’s not only unprofessional—it’s dangerous, too. You should avoid any contractor who drinks on the job.

Low Bids and Hiring General Contractors in Grand Junction

You should also watch out for incredibly low bids on your project. Some contractors might try to convince you that they can get your project done at an extremely low cost because they will use it for advertising or as a portfolio piece. But most of the time, this is a scam. If a contractor tries to convince you to work with them because of a low bid that you know is too good to be true, trust your instincts. These low bids almost always translate into poor workmanship and client dissatisfaction. It’s not worth risking your entire project to go with the lowest bid possible. You don’t want to end up with a finished product you can’t stand. It’s much more important to find a general contractor who you can trust to do a good job and complete your project on time, even if their project bid is higher.

Another huge red flag to look out for is if a contractor refuses to sign a contract. Contracts are incredibly important because they bind you and your contractor to an agreement. When a contractor refuses to sign a contract, what they’re really doing is refusing to play by the rules. They’re refusing to be accountable if things go wrong. If there’s a project dispute, the contract protects you and your contractor. Without a contract, you might not have any recourse if your contractor makes mistakes or spends too much. If your contractor refuses to sign a contract, you should refuse to work with them. By not getting them to sign a contract, it’s like you’re giving a bad general contractor a free pass to do whatever they want with your project, no matter how much you might dislike it. Don’t let any contractor trick you into working without a contract.

Things to Look for When Following the Contract Guidelines

But let’s say your contractor does sign a contract with you. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re off the hook. You should always make sure that your general contractor is actually following the guidelines laid down in your contract. If you don’t enforce those guidelines, it’s just as bad as not having a contract in the first place. Unless they’re clearly communicating with you and have discussed changes with you in advance, your general contractor shouldn’t be working outside of your agreement. So if you notice that your work is being done differently than you agreed to or that it isn’t being done at all, you’re probably working with a bad general contractor. If you’re interested in learning about more signs of a bad general contractor, be sure to check out this article here.

We’re proud of our work in the Grand Junction community, and we’re confident that we’re not one of the bad general contractors Grand Junction has to worry about. We’ve helped shape the future of Grand Junction’s downtown, and we’re continuously dedicated to improving our community. We have decades of experience in construction, which means that we can tackle any project you can throw at us. At Western Constructors, we’re not afraid to answer the tough questions that good contractors should be able to answer. In fact, we wrote the list of questions you should ask. (If you haven’t yet, check out our blog post on important questions to ask your commercial general contractor. You can find a link to it here.) The work that we’ve done in the Grand Junction community speaks for itself; but if you still have questions, we’re always happy to take your call.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

How to Increase the Value of Your Home

One of the biggest goals of our blog is to educate our readers so that you can make well-informed decisions in the construction industry. We’ve talked about common misconceptions about home builders in Grand Junction (you can find that article here) so you better understand the home building process, for example. But we’re not just interested in what you should know before having a home built in Grand Junction. We think it’s important to tell you what to do after you’ve bought your home, too. Our goal is to make sure you can be happy in your home for as long as you want. But sometimes things happen, and you have to move. And when those things happen, it’s better to be prepared. That’s why in today’s article, we’re going to give you some tips on how to increase the value of your home.

Landscaping and How to Increase the Value of Your Home Early On

The truth is that you don’t have to wait to get started. You can begin boosting the value of your home the first year you own it. So whether you’ve just bought a house and have been living in it a few months or have owned your house for a decade, there are things you can do to increase its value. That way, if you ever decide to move out and sell your home down the road, you’ll get a much better return on your investment. If you’ve been considering renovating your kitchen or bathroom, now is probably the time. In fact, most people think that bathroom and kitchen updates impact resale value the most. Renovating your bathroom or kitchen is a great way to improve the value of your home. When new home buyers come looking, they often want to see the bathroom and kitchen first.

Landscaping is another great way to increase the value of your home, and it’s also one of the easiest and most affordable ways to do it. Oftentimes, landscaping is the way new homeowners increase the value of their homes the most. It’s easy to do, and though it’s not overly expensive, it can greatly improve the value of your home. It’s common sense, really; the better your home looks on the outside, the more people are going to want to buy it. But if you’re a first-time homeowner, you may not know exactly what to do. One of the best things you can do is plant native trees in places that offer shade to your house. And the best part? The shade from the trees can also help you save up to 50% on your energy costs.

Adding Square Footage and Cleaning Your Home

Though it might seem obvious at first, you can increase the value of your home by simply adding to it. It’s simple: more space inside your house means that there’s more to sell when it comes time to move out. Keep an eye on current housing trends; if people prefer more open home designs, having a contractor pull down a wall or two to open up your floor plan can have an incredible impact on the value of your home. You should also try to stay aware of the costs of other homes in your area. If the most expensive home in your neighborhood is going for $300,000 and your house is already worth $285,000, committing to serious renovations may not be the best idea. Still, increasing the square footage of your home or modifying its design is a great way to increase its value.

It’s impossible to talk about how to increase the value of your home without also talking about cleaning and maintaining your house. If it seems like a simple way to boost your home’s value, it’s because it is. Keeping a clean house is more than just keeping your property pretty, though. Taking good care of your home and cleaning it regularly means that you’ll stay on top of any potential problems. It also means that if your home needs maintenance or repairs, you’ll have the information you need to fix it right away. If you don’t know what’s wrong in the first place, it’s impossible to take care of problems in your home. Proper cleaning and maintenance also keep things like mold from causing damage that could lower your home’s value. It’s much easier to occasionally clean your house than it is to deal with mold colonies.

Energy Efficiency and Increasing the Value of Your Home

You can also increase the value of your home by making it more energy efficient. We talked about planting trees as a way of saving on your energy costs, but there’s more you can do. Energy-efficient features like double-paned windows and even solar panels on the roof can greatly increase the value of your home. Future homeowners like to know that they can save on their utilities as well. That’s why making your home more energy efficient can save you money in the short term (on your electricity bill) and in the long-term (by increasing the value of your home). If you’re interested in reading about more ways to increase the value of your home, we recommend checking out this article here.

At Western Constructors, we want to make sure that you have a good experience with your home, whether you’re buying one for the first time or just trying to maintain your current house. It’s why we’ve written articles about things like the differences between residential and commercial construction (you can find a link to that article here). It’s our genuine hope that our blog will inform you enough to make the right decision about purchasing a home. And after that, we hope that our blog will help you take care of it, too. We’re dedicated to educating our community because we know how important it is for you to understand this industry. The more you know, the better decisions you can make for you, your home, and your family. We’ve served Grand Junction for a long time, and this is just another that we’re able to help our community.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

Building Homes in Grand Junction, CO

We’ve been focusing our blog on the construction industry lately, but sometimes it’s important to look back, too. That’s why today we’re going to shift our focus away from commercial building and the construction industry. Instead of telling you about this year’s trends in construction (which you can find here, if you’re interested), we think it’s about time that we turn our gaze homeward. There’s a lot to love about Grand Junction—so much, in fact, that we think it’s an incredible place to build a home. So today we’re going to focus on what makes our city such an exciting place to live, and we’ll also talk about building homes in Grand Junction, CO. We’ll explain why building a home is often a better idea than purchasing an old one. And if you don’t live here or don’t own a home here, we’ll tell you why you should.

Why Build Homes in Grand Junction?

So before we get into some reasons you should build a home, let’s answer this question first: why Grand Junction? Probably the biggest reason why people choose to live in Grand Junction is its unparalleled access to the outdoors. Whether you’re interested in kayaking, hiking, biking, or camping, Grand Junction has everything you could possibly want. And Grand Junction encompasses the best of all worlds. It’s not so small that there’s nothing to do, but it’s not so big that it feels like city life. On the weekends, you can take a trip to Denver or even to ski resorts in Utah. In Grand Junction, there’s always plenty to do. You can go fishing, take a hike, go whitewater rafting, or even learn to rock climb. It’s an incredible place for trying something new. Grand Junction is known for its outdoor opportunities, and we know they won’t disappoint.

At Western Constructors, we’re proud to say that we’ve helped shape Grand Junction into what it is today. Whenever you go downtown or near the Riverside area and see new construction, take a second to think about the people who put up those new buildings. There’s a good chance we were a part of it. From our work in the Las Colonias Business Park to the homes we’ve built in the Redlands Mesa area (you can read more about our work in the Redlands area in one of our blog posts here), we’ve been hard at work improving Grand Junction. The city hasn’t always had the greatest reputation, but we’ve always seen its potential. We’ve had a big hand in the future of downtown Grand Junction, and we can’t wait to keep making the city a better place. It’s our home, and we’ll always keep working to improve it.

Building Homes vs. Buying Homes

Now that you see why Grand Junction is such an exciting place to be, let’s talk a little bit about building homes as opposed to buying or renting. Probably the biggest reason that people decide to build new homes is the quality of construction. It’s common sense, really; construction companies build new homes using new methods and new and improved equipment. What this means is that new homes are better quality and can last a lot longer than older homes. It’s like making an investment. Building a new home allows you to stay in it for as long as you want, and after that, it’ll still be worth a lot of money. When buying an older home, on the other hand, it won’t be worth as much if you ever decide to move out.

With better construction quality comes less hassle, too. When you’re buying an older home, you have to consider the wear and tear that old homes inevitably have. That means more money and a bigger headache. When you build a home instead, your home is not only free from these problems of age but you’re able to make sure that it fits your needs, too. Often when people buy an older home, they end up buying a lot of space that they don’t need. Why buy a home with a huge yard you won’t use when you could instead increase the size of your home and actually use it? When you build a home, you make sure that you’re only buying what you need. And newer homes are generally bigger, too; the average older home is almost 1,000 square feet smaller than average new homes.

Maintaining Homes in Grand Junction, CO

It’s important to consider the cost of maintenance when it comes to buying or building homes in Grand Junction, CO. Older homes have a lot that needs to be fixed, whether it’s an old roof or having to maintain outdated heating and cooling systems. When you choose to build a new home, a lot of those worries go away. Because everything in your home is new, you don’t have to worry about your heating going out. Plus, newer homes can save you money through their energy efficiency. Because they have better insulation than older homes, it costs less to heat and cool them, which helps you save on your utilities. If you’re interested in reading about more reasons to choose a newly built home over an older one, we recommend taking a look at this article here.

We’ve been working and building homes in Grand Junction, CO for many years, and we have decades of experience. Whether you’re interested in building a home or designing a custom metal building for your business, we can help. If you’ve lived here for a while but are interested in building a home, call us at (970) 241-5457. We’re always happy to here from you. And even if you’ve never lived here before, hopefully you can now see why we’re so excited to work and live here. We’d love for you to live here, too. Grand Junction is an exciting place to be, and its future is just beginning. Who knows what the city will look like ten years from now? What we do know is that we’ll still be here, hard at work improving the city we love.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

Maintenance Tips for Custom Steel Buildings

Recently, we’ve talked a lot about the construction industry. We’ve given you information about recent construction trends in an article you can find here, for example. One of the main focuses of our blog is to teach you something new every time you visit it, but we don’t think it’s important to just talk about the building process. It’s also important to talk about what comes next. Maintenance is a huge part of taking proper care of any building, no matter its material. And though many people have some idea about how to perform building maintenance, they scratch their heads when they think about doing maintenance for their custom steel buildings. We always want to make sure you have the information you need to make your buildings last. That’s why today we’re going to give you a few maintenance tips for custom steel buildings.

Exterior Damage to Custom Steel Buildings and What You Shouldn’t Do

But before we start talking about what you can do to maintain your custom steel building, it’s important to talk about what you shouldn’t do. Many owners are tempted to let problems slide because they’re too busy or they think they have time to take care of it. But this simply isn’t true. If you leave a problem alone for too long, it’ll only get worse. And when it gets worse, it’s more of a headache for you. Letting a problem sit for too long can turn a simple repair into heavy maintenance, and the costs can add up quickly. But if you take proper care of your custom metal building and take some simple maintenance steps, it can prevent these problems from ever getting out of hand. That’s why performing small maintenance tasks every so often can make a huge difference to both your building and your wallet.

One of the best things about custom steel buildings is that they don’t require all that much maintenance in the first place. It makes upkeep easy. The first thing you can do is simple: check out your building at least twice a year. Look for damage to the exterior that might have been caused by accidents or weather. You should even look carefully at small bumps and scrapes to make sure nothing’s wrong. And if there’s an extreme weather event, it’s a good idea to check your building afterward so you know what maintenance—if any—you’ll need to perform. Making these checks into a business routine can be a great way to make sure that it gets done. But be sure to do it—if you don’t know that you have a problem, you can’t start fixing it.

Outside Maintenance Tips and Insulation

Another important item on our list of maintenance tips for custom steel buildings is to make sure that you regularly check the insulation, too. Good insulation is part of what makes custom steel buildings so great in the first place. (If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of custom metal buildings, be sure to check out our article here.) If your insulation has direct contact with the outside air, it’s a bad sign. This is because moisture from the outside air can actually prevent your insulation from doing its job. And when your insulation isn’t doing its job, heating and cooling your custom steel building will cost more. But it’s not just about the cost. Wet insulation can lead to other problems like rust and mold that are a lot more serious. That’s why you should always make time to check the insulation of your custom steel building.

Another thing you can do that people rarely think about is make sure that nothing is touching the outside of your custom steel building. This could be tree branches, hedges, or other objects leaning against your walls. When greenery stays in contact with your custom steel building, it can encourage mold growth and rust. Those are two things that no business owner ever wants to deal with. It can even cause fungi. But perhaps more importantly, extra pressure on the outside of your structure can lead to bigger problems. It puts a lot undue stress on the foundations of your building, and if it gets serious enough, it can lead to big problems like instability. It’s one reason you should always make sure that nothing is exerting pressure on the sides of your building.

Washing Out Your Custom Steel Building

The last of our maintenance tips for custom steel buildings is to wash out the inside of your custom steel building. You should do this every couple of months or so. The problem is that dirt accumulates on the insides of your building. Over time, that dirt and grime can turn into mold or fungi. It’s much easier to wash out the inside of your building than to deal with a mold problem. And following this step can make your custom steel building last a long, long time. One of the biggest advantages of custom steel buildings is their longevity. And if you take care of them properly, they will continue to last. If you’re interested in finding more maintenance tips for custom steel buildings, we recommend checking out this article here.

At Western Constructors, we want to teach you everything we know about our industry. And hopefully you now know how to make your custom steel building last as long as it possibly can. If you’re interested in learning more about custom steel buildings or building one, feel free to get in touch. Our number is (970) 241-5457. We’re always happy to take your call. Whether it’s through dispelling myths or making sure you know how to take good care of your buildings, we want to make sure you have the best information possible. The more you know, the better choices you can make when it comes to your buildings. And we know that they’re important to you. It’s why we always do everything we can to give you the best in support, service, and information.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

Important Questions to Ask Your Commercial General Contractor

Everyone who reads our blog knows how dedicated we are to teaching people about our industry. For us, building relationships is just as important as all the other building we do—and teaching you what we know is a part of that. In the past, we’ve talked a little bit about how to hire the right commercial contractor. You can find that article here. But in today’s blog post, we’re not just going to talk about the right questions to ask before you hire a general contractor. We’re going to give you some questions you should ask during a project as well. It’s important to us that you understand the industry as much as possible. It makes things easier for us, and it saves you a lot of headache, too. That’s why we’re going to take some time to give you a few important questions to ask your commercial general contractor.

Important Questions about Experience and Timelines

One of the most important questions to ask your commercial general contractor is, “How long have you been in the construction industry?” In construction, experience is everything. General contractors that don’t have the right experience for your project won’t be able to get your project done right. It’s that simple. But if they’ve been around for a while and have a lot of experience completing projects in your area, it’s a good sign. It’s not just about the things they’ve seen and dealt with on the job. It’s about the systems that they’ve put in place. Good commercial general contractors have controls in place to make sure they get their projects done on time and on budget. And often, they’ve had enough time to make important connections. It’s safer to go with a general contractor who knows good subcontractors in the area than one with no connections at all.

When you hire your commercial general contractor, you should also be asking them, “What is our timeline for project completion?” If the answer is “I don’t know,” that’s an immediate red flag. It’s important for general contractors and project owners to have a good working relationship. And part of that relationship is establishing a clear project timeline. So if your commercial general contractor has an idea of the project timeline and they hesitate to show it to you, that should raise some eyebrows as well. You should know what to expect when you’re getting into a project. It’s the general contractor’s job to make sure that’s the case. And in addition to asking about the project timeline, it’s a good idea to ask about any potential delays. The more you know about what’s going on and what might slow the project down, the happier you’ll be with your finished project.

Questions to Ask Your Commercial General Contractor about Getting in Touch and the Working Day

Another important thing to ask is, “How do you want me to get in touch with you?” This is such an important question, and so many people either forget or never knew to ask. You need to be able to get in touch with your commercial general contractor. It’s as simple as that. They may not give you their personal cell number—or they might, depending on the contractor—but you need a point of contact. This could be the business owner or a construction manager; either way, you need to have someone to speak with who can keep you updated. Ask your contractor what times and mediums work best for them. Would they rather you called or texted? Will they respond more frequently during the morning or in the evening? These are all good things to know so you can keep in touch.

You should also consider asking your general contractor, “What will your working day be like?” If you plan on being home when construction starts every day, it’s a good idea to find out when to expect the construction team. And even if you won’t be there during construction, it’s still a good idea to keep yourself informed about your project. It’s helpful to know how much noise to expect from construction and how long they will be there each day. And your contractor might ask you some questions, too. They may want to know things like when you’ll be home (in case they need something) or where to find power outlets that their team can use. It’s an important conversation to have. Good commercial general contractors will do everything in their power to make sure everyone, including their team, is up to speed.

Questions to Ask about Resolving Disputes

Lastly, it’s incredibly important that you ask your commercial general contractor about how to resolve any disputes that might arise. In this article about design-build project delivery, we talked a little bit about some of the negative impacts that unresolved disputes can have on a project. Hopefully, it will never come to that. But in an industry where unexpected delays happen, it’s important to have a plan in case things go wrong. Just asking the question is a good way of figuring out whether a general contractor is right for you. If they have a ready answer, it means that they’ve already established a system for resolving issues. Ask them about issues that they’ve had come up before with other clients. Having issues isn’t necessarily a problem—not knowing how to handle them is.

Good commercial general contractors have all the right answers to these questions. And at Western Constructors, we’re confident that we can answer any of these questions to your satisfaction. We have the experience necessary to make the right decisions, and we’ve been around long enough to know that we can take on projects of any size. And we take the time to make sure our clients know everything they want to know about their projects. We don’t want to keep you in the dark—we want you to ask questions to make the process easy. If you’re interested in looking at some more important questions to ask your commercial general contractor, be sure to check out this article. It can be difficult to ask questions when you’re not sure what to ask. We wanted to give you these questions so you can be prepared for anything.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

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