April 15 2019 0Comment
How to Choose a General Contractor

How to Choose General Contractor

Are You Looking for a General Contractor in Southeastern Minnesota?

If you are planning a new construction, remodeling, or painting project in the Rochester, MN area, you may be wondering what to look for in a general contractor. It’s important to do your homework to ensure your project is completed correctly, on time and within budget. 99 North Construction has compiled a list of suggestions that should help you choose a general contractor. You’ll also find information on consumer protections for building and remodeling on the Minnesota Attorney General’s website.

Ask Around.

Ask friends or family who have completed similar projects who their general contractors were and how they performed. If you don’t know of anyone who has had new construction or remodeling done recently in the Rochester area, post the question on social media. Once you’ve received some feedback, compile a short list of local general contractors.

Call General Contractors.

Reach out to the contractors on your list to discuss your upcoming project. Make sure you clearly state your plans to each one of them in the same manner. That way all of the feedback you receive will be for the same work. Additionally, you’ll be sure the contractor has skills in the type of work your project involves.


If you have a project with a short deadline, then you’ll need to pass on general contractors that are booked for the foreseeable future. You’ll want to look further into contractors with open schedules. Open schedules may mean they have developed a reputation for sub-par work, overcharge or are just starting out. Every business must begin sometime, however. Therefore, you need to do your homework. Then, you can decide if giving a new company a chance is something you can afford to do.

Ask for References.

A truly professional general contractor will have a list of clients for whom they have worked. Ask for names and numbers of people who have had similar work performed. Then, follow through by contacting these references. Some might even invite you to personally view the contractor’s handiwork.

Ask for Proof That the Contractor is Licensed & Insured.

A good general contractor will be licensed to work in the area and should carry liability insurance as well as workman’s comp on all employees. If you decide to hire them, ask for a liability insurance certificate bearing your name. Not only does this protect the company, it safeguards you should someone become injured on your property.


Ask the contractor who is expected to obtain the building permits for your project.

Examine Bids.

 We know that it may be tempting to choose the general contractor with the lowest bid. As a result, you’ll want to make sure what their bids cover. Is the quality of the materials the same? Are fixtures included? Does the bid cover such things as painting or landscaping? Will the contractor do all the cleanup?

Great Communication

. A general contractor worth his/her salt knows that projects run more smoothly when communication is easy. Look for someone who asks for opinions, listens to your responses and voices their concerns or offers advice. Be sure a potential contractor responds to your phone calls in a timely manner. If you have to wait a week to have your initial phone call returned, move on to the next general contractor on your list.

The Most Reliable General Contractor in Southeastern Minnesota

99 North Construction would be happy to discuss your upcoming construction, remodeling or painting project with you. As a licensed and insured general contractor serving Rochester and the surrounding area, we proud to provide upfront estimates, superior workmanship and amazing customer service. Contact us for more details.

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