Dealing with Contractors, General Contractors, and Subcontractors, Part 2

Continuation of Part 1 here.

  • Test floors and sub floors before they are covered with carpet/hardwoods/tile to make sure that they don’t squeak!  If they do, then the Contractor can screw them down tighter.  Ideally, you want the sub floors to be “screwed and glued” to the floor joists anyway.  I would specify this in the contract.
  • I like to call my Contractors first thing in the morning (around 7:00 AM).  They are usually too busy to talk later in the day and may not hear the phone ringing on the job site.
    • If I have an appointment to meet a Contractor, I always call to confirm the meeting.  “Are we still on?
  • You wouldn’t believe how many times you will be “stood up” if you do not call to remind.
  • When the project is nearly finished, check for cracks or holes in walls inside of the cabinets or behind mirrors.  These need to be closed up for insulation and pest control purposes.
  • When on the job site, remember… “SAFETY FIRST, ALWAYS!”  Job sites are inherently dangerous.
    • wrenchIf you are going to spend a lot of time at a construction site, invest in eye protection, dust masks, boots, and gloves.  Some experts believe that sawdust is carcinogenic and there is plenty of it floating in the air at a construction site.
    • If you feel odd wearing a mask on-site when the workers are not, just tell them that you are allergic to dust.
    • Watch out for boards on the floor/ground with nails sticking out of them.
    • Note that pressure-treated wood is treated with a dangerous chemical.  Keep children away from these materials and wash your hands after handling the pressure-treated wood.


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