Home Construction General
The general home construction industry can undergo various fluctuations according to the market. But it employs many professionals that all work together to make a home renovation, remodeling job, or home improvement possible. Builders, property developers, civil engineers, designers, and architects may offer various services, from free consultations and site management to project planning and code regulation.
Some firms focus on energy efficient homes, "green" or environmentally friendly homes, commercial real estate property, and even modular homes. Others offer all types of construction services, and can assemble teams of professionals spanning the spectrum from independent roofing contractors to plumbers to electricians.
Many general home construction companies have websites, where customers can take virtual tours of homes, browse model homes, or explore nationwide indexes of home builders.
Contractors should be fully insured and licensed, whether they specialize in siding, decks, additions, replacement windows, or basement remodels. General contractors can recommend and hire other tradesmen as part of their team to complete a building project. Customers may call a particular contractor first to get rates and other basic information, then meet with the professionals to go over more detailed plans for renovations or house remodeling. Many will come out to the site and give free quotes.
Architects and engineers are another set of professionals that provide a crucial piece of the home building puzzle. They go to school for many years to get their degree and utilize it in a residential or commercial building capacity. They are usually very good at math, with analytical minds and expertise in their chosen career.
Real estate agents can help sell the property when finished by a building company, and banks can provide affordable mortgage loan financing for buyers.