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We want your experience with us to be rewarding and comfortable.
To ensure this, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to address the common concerns among our clients.
Q. Why a General Contractor?
With OCC Construction as your general contractor, your primary role is to communicate your vision to us. Our team will be responsible for handling and supplying all the resources, materials, tools and labor to make your dream a reality.
Q. What are the benefits of hiring a General Contractor?
Benefit #1 – An Experienced Eye for Project Specifics
General contractors typically develop respect and appreciation for subcontractors that deliver quality work and they’ll continue to work with those subcontractors.
Trying to go it alone, you have to judge the work of the specialist. If you have no knowledge of the work being done, there’s no way for you to ensure that it was actually done properly without having the work inspected which results in another costly investment.
As your general contractor, OCC Construction can ensure that the work is done right every time by every individual involved in your project.
Benefit #2 – Better Rates
Working with individual contractors can and often does cost more than hiring a general contractor. This is because general contractors have built solid working relationships with their subcontractors allowing them to negotiate special rates for each project.
Specialists know that the contractor is feeding them work, and they’ll often accept reduced amounts to work with that contractor. Those savings of course are passed on to you in the bulk cost of your project
Managing the project yourself, you could expect to pay upwards of 20% more for a completed project and that doesn’t include the cost of wasted time from delays between contractors, material deliver, phone calls, coordination and other aspects you need to manage.
Over the years, OCC Construction has cultivated solid relationships with quality subcontractors based on trust and open communication. This has always ensured a successful and cost-effective project.
Benefit #3 – Minimizing Costly Errors
It’s thrilling to handle a project on your own. Some of us just love DIY projects and walking through a Home Depot store can really get the creative juices flowing.
It’s entirely ok to dive into projects if you have the experience and tools to manage the job. There isn’t always a need to swoop right into hiring a specialist or bringing on the services of a general contractor.
But how do you handle mistakes?
They can pretty costly depending on the occurrence and it’s not something that you want to tangle with if you’re on a limited budget. A bad measurement, a broken tool, cracked and broken materials, poor handling of resources or downright breaking something in your house (broken pipe = potential flooding damage) can all become a huge expense.
Why take the risk? Hire OCC Construction as your general contractor and eliminate your headache. With us, you will get more options, more value and more predictable results from start to finish.
Q. Is it better to hire a General Contractor who uses subcontractors or employees?
We have found that having a team of reliable subcontractors is the most cost-efficient way to provide true expert workmanship for our projects. That means we do not use jack-of-all-trades. Our plumbers are expert in plumbing because it is all they do every day. The same goes for our carpenters, electricians, painters, etc. This is one way that we are able to give you beautiful work that is done right the first time! Beware of the handyman who tells you he is an “expert” at just about everything. The handyman is usually good at one thing but lack experience in every other area. How many times have you talked to friends after their project and heard them complain that the one thing was good but most everything else was disappointing?
Q. Do I need a Building Permit for my Project?
A professional builder is accustomed to working with the Building Department and has established a good relationship with its officials. These inspections are ultimately to protect you from con-artists and unqualified craftsmen. Check with a Building Official when in doubt. They work for you.
Q. Why a Licensed and Insured Contractor?
According to CSLB, unlicensed contracting is part of California’s estimated annual $60 to $140 billion dollar underground economy. These individuals do not pay taxes, have insurance or bonds. It is not unusual for them to be involved in other illegal activities as well.
Owners are often unaware of the consequences of hiring unlicensed contractors. Besides the obvious lack of professional ethics and not abiding by California’s legal standards, unlicensed contractors often generate inferior work products and services and subject homeowners to financial exposure if an injury occurs.
We encourage you to be a savvy consumer. Remember that with unlicensed contractors there’s no license that the state can yank to threaten their livelihood. If you complain, they will just change the name they do business under. You can’t tap into their insurance policy because they don’t have one. Even suing an unlicensed contractor — and winning — is often futile, because unlicensed contractors don’t have deep pockets.
Make the right choice and hire a licensed and insured contractor.
OCC Construction is fully insured and licensed. Our license number is clearly displayed on our contracts, website, business card and advertisements. You can check the license status online via the Contractor State License Board at http://www.cslb.ca.gov/OnlineServices/CheckLicense/LicenseRequest.asp or call 1-800-321-CSLB (2752).
Q. Does the company offer any warranty?
Q. Who will I be working with?
Your day-to-day contact will be with a project manager, who will work with you on all technical and building specific questions, keep you up-to-date on the home’s progress, and work with you in scheduling and selecting design details.
Q. What it we have ideas and examples but no design?
Q. Why choose Design Build?
Q. Can you work from blueprints that we've already obtained?
Q. What if we decide to make changes?
When you ask us to make a change, we’ll draft and submit a change order form that details your request, how it differs in price, the revised contract amount, and when the change order expires. If you decide to proceed with the change, simply sign the change order and pay any additional amount for the change. We’ll then handle all of the modifications to the trade contractors’ contract specifications.