Rainy Lake, Minnesota
3181 US-53
International Falls, MN 56649
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4 Key Questions to Ask About Your General Contractor September 14, 2018

Rainy Lake, Koochiching
4 Key Questions to Ask About Your General Contractor, Rainy Lake, Minnesota

General contractors are important players in home improvement projects. Finding the right one to suit your needs and budget comes with asking the right questions and understanding what these professionals will bring to the table. Consider four important questions to ask about general contractors that will help you find the best one for your home remodeling needs.

What Is Your Experience?

Make sure the company you hire has experience in the type of project you are starting. While general contractors typically have an extensive range of knowledge, ask for examples of previous work similar to your job and how customers felt when they were completed. Some contractors are better suited for smaller projects or specific areas, such as kitchen remodels, while others fare well in jobs of any size.

Who Do Customers Contact for Different Parts of the Project?

While your general contractor is in charge of planning and executing your home remodeling project, there are usually additional staff members within the company you need to know. Find out who the owner is and how the project is managed from beginning to end. Learn who is in charge of paperwork and whom you should call when you need to ask questions about scheduling or project changes. Having a clear, open line of communication is an important part of the process.

How Is the Schedule Organized?

Understanding your timeline and how the workday will flow reduces stress during the process. Ask upfront how they plan out their projects so you can determine if they have enough personnel ready to handle multiple jobs at once and if other projects will delay yours. Also, find out what time they start and stop each day, a detail that helps you plan your life during the renovation.

How Is the Site Supervised?

Site supervision is incredibly important, especially if subcontractors are used for various areas of the project. Anyone working on your property must be covered by insurance, and your general contractor should provide proof that both employees and subcontractors are fully protected before setting foot on the site. It is also vital to know who is running the day-to-day operations so the work flows well and everyone on site is safe.


Serving residential and commercial clients in International Falls, Littlefork, Lake Kabetogama, and the Rainy Lake areas of MN, Up North Builders, Inc. is the licensed, bonded, and insured general contractor to trust for your next home remodeling project. With more than 35 years of experience, their expert team is ready to handle everything from excavating and demolition to custom home design services. They also provide construction equipment rentals. Call (218) 285-3635, or visit them online.