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What to Look for When Hiring a Contractor


Whether you are planning a new addition or a complete design-and-build for your home or business, you need a reliable, skilled, experienced builder. At TrustDALE, we know that finding the right people to do business with can be a struggle. That’s why we look at each business we certify and take an in-depth look into their business practices, pricing, history, and customer service. In fact, we put each business through a rigorous 7-point investigative review. We are proud to announce that GHIR construction has undergone our review and we are welcoming them into the TrustDALE Circle of Excellence. When you need construction, GHIR Construction has the skills and experience to do it right. And, of course, they are backed by Dale’s $10,000 Make-It-Right™ Guarantee.

General Contractor vs. Handyman

Never hire a handyman to do a contractor’s work. If you need some simple DIY-style home improvement projects done, you may be able to get a local handyman. Installing a light switch, building some shelves, or repairing a hole in the wall are all doable by a handyman. But when you need real construction work, make sure you have a licensed general contractor.

Georgia law requires anyone performing more than $2,500 worth of work on your home to be a licensed contractor. That license tells you a lot about the contractor you are about to hire. To obtain a license, a contractor needs to show that they have the necessary skill, experience, financial responsibility, and insurance coverage to do your job correctly and safely.

Most handymen aren’t insured, and letting them do any significant work on your home is taking a huge financial risk. The insurance carried by a licensed contractor ensures that you are protected if there is any injury to a worker, damage to your home, or other financial loss. You also need to know that a business license is not a contractor’s license. Just because someone is in business legally, it does not mean they are licensed to work on your home. Also, only a licensed contractor can pull the required permits to work on your home. If you work with an unlicensed handyman, you will very likely be breaking codes and state law.

How GHIR Works

At the first meeting, GHIR will take the time to listen to your dreams and assess your current situation. They will take the necessary measurements and give you the opportunity to work with their excellent design team.

If you decide to work with the GHIR design team, they will come up with a design that includes different options to choose from. They will set up another meeting to go over the design and make sure everyone is on the same page and ready to move forward. They charge an upfront design fee, but if you move forward with the project, that fee will be rolled into the cost of the project. If you love the design but choose not to use GHIR Construction, you can still keep the design, and the upfront payment is the only charge you will pay.

Once everyone is happy with the design, they prepare a contract and everyone signs on for the project to move forward. You will receive a sign-in for the customer portal, which you can use to follow every step of the project. You will also be introduced to your project manager, who will oversee the construction from start to finish. After that, construction begins, and you are on your way to fulfilling your dreams.

TrustDALE Circle of Excellence

GHIR Construction is a proud member of the TrustDALE Circle of Excellence. They have over 20 years of experience and an impeccable track record. We are happy to recommend GHIR Construction for all of your projects. We know you will be pleased with their work and their service!