Just like in any profession, when it comes to general contractors in Mission Viejo, you will find varying levels of abilities. All local general contractors may have the same license (a Class B license from the Contractors State License Board), but that doesn’t mean they all have the same set of skills or the ability to take on the same types of projects. If you have a large project in mind, like a whole home remodel or a ground-up custom home build, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind before hiring a general contractor.
The Importance of Project Management
Taking on large, complex projects like whole home remodels or ground-up custom home builds in Mission Viejo requires an extra layer of expertise. Not only does a general contractor have to be skilled in construction, but he or she also has to have a firm grasp on project management, which includes things like budgeting, scheduling, great communication, and more. General contractors who are not good at these things tend to be the ones who can give the entire industry a bad name, since it’s often poor project management that leads to projects going over their timelines and budgets (which is the biggest complaint we hear from people who have been disappointed by a general contractor in the past).
The Importance of Choosing and Managing Subcontractors
General contractors typically don’t have expertise in every area of home construction. They may take on some of the construction themselves, but they will also bring in multiple subcontractors to complete large, complex projects like whole home remodels and ground-up builds. This means you will want to hire a general contractor with a great network of reliable subcontractors.
In our many years as general contractors in Mission Viejo, Scott McKee Construction has assembled a team of amazing subcontractors who we can call on to help complete our projects. We know the best people or companies in all of the various trades, such as electrical, plumbing, roofing, HVAC, audiovisual, and more. We only bring in licensed subcontractors who we are confident will do great work for our clients. Even though we only hire the best subcontractors, we still carefully monitor them to make sure our clients get top-quality work, every time.
The Importance of Time Management
You also want to make sure the general contractor you hire knows how to stick to a timeline. At Scott McKee Construction, we’re also experts at time management when it comes to large projects. Many aspects of home construction and home remodeling are dependent on other things. For example, the drywall work cannot be completed until all of the electrical work is done, and kitchen countertops cannot be installed until the lower cabinets are in place. If one portion of the construction is held up, it can prevent multiple other things from getting done and hold up the entire project. Our many years of experience have taught us how to keep large projects on schedule by carefully scheduling out the work that needs to be done.
We run a tight ship when it comes to keeping everyone on track, including subcontractors! Of course, things happen occasionally—supplies are backordered, or a subcontractor gets sick and can’t show up on the day he or she was scheduled to come—but we make sure to budget for these types of delays in our initial timeline. Talk to some of our past clients, and they’ll tell you that we are one of the few general contractors in Mission Viejo that is able to stick to a timeline!
If you have a large project in mind, contact us at Scott McKee Construction. We can go over your plans with you and provide you with an estimate. We can also answer any questions you may have about our approach to large construction or remodeling projects. In the meantime, take a look at our portfolio to see the level of work we are able to complete.