What should I look for in a contractor?
A general contractor should be licensed, bonded, possess general liability insurance with adequate rates to cover your project, worker compensation insurance, and have proven experience. You should not hire an uninsured or unlicensed contractor to do any work unless you are willing to fully accept and cover the cost of a loss if anything goes wrong. Archer Building Group Inc. is licensed, bonded and insured so that all of our clients can rest assured that they will be taken care of.
Why are some contractors so much less expensive than others?
Not all contractors are created equal. Many people pose as “contractors” who are actually unlicensed, uninsured, and/or use illegal labor.
In addition, these “contractors” tend to use subpar materials and poor craftsmanship. If you are hiring a contractor, check their license, their insurance, and call their references. More often than not, you get what you pay for, and there are many unscrupulous contractors who will look good at first, but leave you holding the bag as soon as there is a hang up or a problem during your project. Protect yourself. Hire a licensed, bonded, and insured contractor.
What is “Critical Path" scheduling?
Critical path scheduling refers to specific items or tasks in construction that have to be completed before you can move on to the next item. For example, you can’t drive a car without first starting the car. It is the same in construction. We can’t start painting walls until we’ve finished framing and drywalling those walls.
The “critical path” items in this example would be the framing and drywalling, because they both need to be completed before the next item (painting) can be started. By making sure the critical path items are completed in order, it helps ensure that the project will run smoothly and without delays.
When will the project be completed?
Our company provides clients with a schedule before construction begins which includes a project completion deadline. Changes made by the Owner, unforeseen circumstances (such as weather delays or concealed conditions) may add time to the overall schedule; however, the schedule will be updated and redistributed when a delay occurs so that all parties are aware of the changes.