If you’re interested in building a new home, and would love a truly unique space for you and your family, you’ll need to hire a general contractor. The thing is, there are many unknowns throughout the process of selecting a general contractor, which causes wariness among some homeowners. As a homeowner, it’s likely that you’re unfamiliar with some, or maybe all, of the home building or remodeling process. As the old saying goes, a few bad apples can spoil the bunch—speak with a few fellow homeowners and you won’t have to go far to hear their tales about the bad apples in general contracting.
No matter what industry you investigate, you will always be able to uncover a horror story or two without too much effort. Mishaps and poor standards of professionalism from some have understandably resulted in a number of myths and misconceptions about the general contracting industry, however we are here today to set the record straight. Here are some misconceptions about general contracting for you to consider before progressing further in your home building or remodeling project:
Misconception: Unprofessionalism is Industry-Wide
One of the most disparaging myths about general contracting is that anyone can do it, you just need to know the right people! In reality, reputable general contractors are often highly educated and are always highly experienced. There is much more to the process than simply putting on a hard hat, calling a few friends, and building a house. A quality contractor is akin to a skilled tradesman, taking extreme care to understand your goals, provide expert advice, and execute your project on-time and on-budget. At Koncept Design + Build, we rigorously keep all our appointments and keep a clean work site from beginning to end. Our project is your project, and we strive to leave our clients raving after each and every build or remodel.
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The misconception that general contractors are uniformly unprofessional is erroneous. As a licensed and nationally recognized general contractor, professionals like Koncept Design + Build must constantly adhere to codes of professionalism or face penalties. General contractors’ learning never ceases in order to ensure their work meets professional and legal standards.
No Formal Training
For some reason, the misconception that general contractors need no formal training persists. It is logical to assume that the word ‘general’ partially contributes to this myth. There is a sense that someone who is a ‘general’ contractor is a “Jack of All Trades, Master of None”, able to do bits and pieces of everything, but doesn’t specialize in anything in specific. As a result, potential clients may be led to fear that a general contractor might do good work at laying brickwork and plumbing, but won’t be able to rival the work done by a specialist.
This tale of inexperience is laughable—in fact, general contractors are typically experts who have such extensive experience in a variety of fields that they can confidently direct all sorts of home improvement work to a high degree of quality and finish.
The most important thing to remember, however, is that a general contractor doesn’t arrive at your work site and do everything on their own. General contractors rely on a deep network of highly skilled and trusted subcontractors they have built over many years of business. Therefore, the top considerations you should account for are a contractor’s reviews and references from past clients, as well as their time spent in the industry.
General Contracting at Koncept Design and Build
Koncept Design and Build is an innovative general contracting company. We extend our general contracting services to help our client through all stages of the building process, from home planning and design to project closeout. However, even if you get your design plans from elsewhere, our team can provide a highly competitive proposal to work with you and ensure that your home is built expertly and efficiently in accordance with the required specifications.
Building a home, particularly when you’re starting from scratch, can be a daunting venture. However, we are fully dedicated to making your home construction process go more smoothly than you thought possible with a trusted, multi-talented team of subcontractors, excellent project management, and unparalleled vision. Consistency during the designing and building stages of your renovation project is of the utmost importance, and Koncept Design + Build has a track record that speaks for itself.
We will work with you to ensure that your finished home is both beautiful and functional. If your home design doesn’t create the perfect balance between beauty and functionality, it will always lack that essential emotional connection and won’t ever quite feel like home. With our design expertise, we will ensure that your home is a both aesthetically pleasing and highly practical success that you will enjoy for years to come. So what are you waiting for? Give us a call at 703-810-7270 or fill out our online contact form to launch a new chapter for your home and family.