Why not? He doesn't know where his next job is coming from.
If he doesn't, and his competitor does, he's gonna be pissed because the
competitor got that million dollar job.
People from out of town don't know who does what, so they advertise.
Yes, a good contractor does know where his next job is coming from -
he has a backlog.
...million dollar job.... Yeah, right. Listen, you're not talking
commercial construction or you wouldn't be asking so many random
questions about random residential building methods that start off
with "what's the cheapest way to...". There are places where
commercial contracting is advertised, such as the Dodge Reports, but
you will not be placing a listing in there any time soon since it
costs MONEY. Not money - MONEY.
What normal people do is ask friends and neighbors who have had
similar work done whether they'd recommend the contractor. That way
they get to see the contractor's work and get an introduction/
reference. It works swell.
Other normal people would extend the net a bit further and ask at
building supply houses (no, a big box store does not qualify),
subcontractors, hardware stores and the like. They see if some names
keep popping up on the recommendation list, then they take it from
there. They also might call a trade organization such as NARI and ask
for a few names of contractors in their area.
Other normal people normally would let their fingers do the walking at
These imaginary people from out of town...they just drop in one day
and decide to build? They know nobody at all? They are unfamiliar
with the ask a neighbor, ask a supplier, check the yellow pages
processes? Well, those people need to familiarize themselves with
those processes and make some friends. Get off the computer, make a
cheese ball and ring a doorbell and introduce themselves to the
Do you think a good contractor would have to resort to reading the
In some parts of the country, they're standing at the end of freeway off-ramps
holding signs that say, "WILL BUILD STUFF FOR FOOD"! :-)
if it is a small project, you can go the following two review sites to
get contractors' reputation:
if it is a big project, i suggest you prepare a request for proposal
(RFP) and let contractors bid for it. in case you are not familiar
with it, hire a CM firm or A/E firm to do it
Jay Zhu. P.E
Check your local yellow pages or newspapers for contractor's ads. Also
check with your local building department to see if they require
contractors to be licensed, if so, then only look for licensed
contractors. Licensed contractors are more likely to adhere to proper
building and electrical codes, lest they lose their license.
Ask the local lumber yard for one.
Look for construction sites and see who is doing what.
Look in the phone book.
Go online and type location and need.
Talk the the local Building Dept. and see what you can find out about "local
They may or may not give this information.
If you are "friends" with any building inspector they will talk.
Go to a hardware store and ask who does what.
They usually have a "cork" board with General Contractor Cards, also.
Go to a local sheet metal shop, a plumbing supply, a window supply, and
and ask a few questions about local contractors.
These are some of the ways to find a building contractor.
"richard" wrote in message
What is the normal procedure for finding a general contractor to work with?
Post an ad in a local newspaper or what?
Richard, I am guessing that this is a residential project rather than
Assuming you are talking about residential work, it is your or your
architect's responsibility to contact builders. They will NOT be reading
the classifieds looking for work. YOu might contact NAHB or similar for
Architects usually solicit interest in projects by contacting known
generals. Commercial work is is normally advertised in Dodge or other local
posting houses. Here it is Southwest News.
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