What qualifications do I need to check for a general contractor?

You should check that your GC is registered with the Texas Residential Construction Commission and are in good standing with the TRCC. In addition, ask your potential GC for references and call them to ask about how they felt about their project and their GC. Personal communication with past clients can tell you a lot about a contractor. Listen to their tone of voice, do they get excited when they talk about their project and how it was completed, or do they groan?

How long will it take you to complete my project?

The length of the project will depend upon the scope of work. A typical kitchen or bath remodel can take around 2 months. Additions or large size remodels may take from 6-8 months. But it is important to plan well for the project by getting all design lined up prior to beginning construction. This will minimize possible change orders during the project.

Do I need to have plans to call Straight & Level?

No, you do not need to have plans in hand prior to calling us. But depending on the scope of the work, you may need to have some drawn up prior to us being able to bid the job. A good GC can tell you whether you need plans and can point you to a qualified architect.

How do I choose a general contractor?

Very carefully. This person will be involved in your day to day life throughout the project. It is important to develop a trusting relationship with your contractor. Consider their appearance, clarity of language, ability to listen, and construction knowledge. With Straight & Level Construction, the owner of the company is the project manager and always accessible to you.

I am looking for a general contractor. How do I get started?

We would be happy to talk to you about your project. Call John Martin, the owner of Straight & Level at (512)577-9297 and we will set up a time to review the project. After discussing and looking at the project site, John will present a project bid for your approval.

What do I need to know about contracts?

Don’t be afraid of a contract with a general contractor. It serves to protect both you and the GC. Sit down and go through the contract with your GC and don’t be afraid to ask questions. An important note on contracts – if it is part of the project, it should be included in the contract.

How does Straight & Level develop a bid?

You absolutely should understand the details of what goes into any bid given to you by a contractor. After the initial meeting, Straight & Level brings out our trusted subcontractors to examine the project with the GC. This allows all trades to be able to discuss the project directly with the client, address any unclear issues, and deliver an accurate bid.

When seeking competitive bids, beware when you are presented with a “lowball” bid. In remodeling, the phrase “you get what you pay for” rings true. Be aware of what may be left out or what inferior products may be used. These might come back to haunt you in the end as extra charges or compromise your quality. Straight & Level will always discuss the details of the bid with you so you fully understand the components of the proposal.

Can Straight & Level recommend interior designers or architects to assist me with my project?

Yes, we would be happy to recommend designers and architects that we have worked with in the past and that produce quality work for their clients.