The Dos and Don'ts of Hiring a General Contractor: What to Look for and What to Avoid

The Dos and Don'ts of Hiring a General Contractor

The Dos and Don'ts of Hiring a General Contractor: What to Look for and What to Avoid

    When it comes to hiring a general contractor, making the right choice can make all the difference in the success of your construction project. A good contractor can manage the project effectively, ensure quality workmanship, and deliver the project on time and within budget. However, making the wrong choice can lead to delays, cost overruns, and even legal disputes. Here are some dos and don'ts to keep in mind when hiring a general contractor.


  1. Do your research

  2. Before you hire a contractor, do your research. Look for contractors with a good reputation, a proven track record, and experience in the type of project you're undertaking. Ask for references, check online reviews, and make sure they're licensed and insured.

  3. Do get multiple bids

  4. Get multiple bids from different contractors to compare prices and services. This will give you a better idea of what's a fair price for your project and what services each contractor provides.

  5. Do ask questions

  6. Ask questions about the contractor's experience, qualifications, and approach to the project. Make sure you understand the scope of the work, the timeline, and the budget. Ask for a detailed contract that outlines all the work to be done and the payment schedule.

  7. Do check their credentials

  8. Make sure the contractor is licensed, bonded, and insured. This will protect you in case of any accidents or damage that may occur during the project.

  9. Do communicate effectively

  10. Effective communication is essential for a successful project. Make sure you and the contractor are on the same page regarding expectations, timelines, and changes to the scope of work.


  1. Don't hire based on price alone

  2. While it's important to get a fair price, don't make your decision solely based on price. A lower price may indicate a lower quality of work or the use of inferior materials.

  3. Don't ignore red flags

  4. If something seems off or you have concerns about a contractor, don't ignore them. Trust your instincts and make sure you feel comfortable working with the contractor before you sign a contract.

  5. Don't pay upfront

  6. Avoid contractors who demand payment upfront or require a large deposit before work begins. This can be a red flag and may indicate a lack of financial stability or a scam.

  7. Don't skip the contract

  8. A contract is essential to protect both you and the contractor. Make sure all the details of the project are outlined in the contract, including the payment schedule, timeline, scope of work, and any warranties or guarantees.

  9. Don't forget to check for liens

  10. Make sure the contractor doesn't have any outstanding liens or legal disputes that could impact the project. This can be done by checking public records or hiring a title company to conduct a lien search.

    At Texas Sparks Constructions, we understand the importance of hiring the right general contractor for your project. With our commitment to efficiency, reliability, dependability, and transparency, we strive to be the partner you can trust. Contact us today to learn more about our construction consultancy and general contractor services.