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What is a Contractor?

A Contractor is a person or company that provides services, personnel, goods, materials and/or equipment to another person or company; usually refereed to as the contractee. The role of the contractor is to ensure that what he provides in terms of services, materials, etc. meets or exceeds the requirements agreed upon by both parties. These requirements include but are not necessarily limited to timeframes, legal, regulatory, quality, and a host of other issues which may be specified in a contract.

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So, now that you know what a contractor is, how do you choose the one that’s right for you?

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Before you choose a contractor you need to know what your specific  building project requires.  Usually contractors specialize in specific fields (i.e. Electrical, Structural, Glazing, Earth Moving Roofing, Painting, etc.).  Even general contractors who know everything about building, demolishing, and remodeling generally specialize in one field or even a field within a field. So find out what their specialty is.

If you are remodeling a home or building for a specific purpose, like a medical building or a operating room then you will want to find a contractor who has expertise or experience in this field.  For example, your average contractor may not be aware that these buildings are usually required by law to use specialized spark resistant outlets.  These types of specified regulations can often be overlooked by even the most experienced contractor if he or she is not operating within his comfort zone.

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Some specializations are necessary to conform not just to general building codes and specialized regulatory codes, but also for non-regulatory or legal reasons.  A contractor who is used to building homes might not fully understand the necessity of using high quality fixtures in a more commercial building.  Even still a contractor whose experience in building homes for a developer, may have lower standards for quality than you would want if you are hiring a contractor to build your home.

Once you have found the right contractor(s) you have one more thing.  To remember, Communication!  You need to be clear with your contractor what you expect, and you need to listen to their expertise.  If you have any concern, be sure to voice them as early into the project as possible.  Small changes can have serious ripple effects once a project has begun.  So, be sure you get as many of the details sorted out as early as possible.