The Difference Between a Contractor and a Builder Contractor

Living through a remodel can be stressful for those living in the home at the time the work is being done.

99.9% of the time it is more expensive for the customer having it done that way. The Art of remodeling is a learned process through years of experience trial and error. Every Job is a different situation.
Their is Difference Between a Contractor and a Builder Contractor.
So when you are looking for the person who will be doing your remodel. One of the first things you need to know is, how long has this person been in the business of remodeling and were they recommended from a friend, the lumber yard, an architect or someone form a do it your self building center. I say this Because.
Most people don’t know that for example:
In Washington State you can be a Building Contractor with just 50 bucks for a business license, a 12,000 dollar bond and liability insurance. That’s it !!
Now you can go out there and bid on work with no building experience, and they are out there believe me.
I never liked the term Contractor as that’s all they are contractors. They run Subs. Subs are Electrician Contractors, Plumbing Contractors, Framing Contractors, Painters, Sheet Rockers etc. They have no clue to how the work should be done and if the work has any quality or craftsmanship to it at all.

larry fire place before larry fire place after

This is a before and after while the customer was living in the home.

When I was building in Pensacola Fl, in the early 80s, to acquire a Contractor License you had to prove your hands on experience by the amount of years you had in the building trade, plus you needed documentation showing so.
This would allow you to get 1 of 3 licenses a Class A , Class B, or Class C license. At that time I could only show 15 years experience which allowed me to have a Class A license. I was able to build and remodel up to a 3 story structure that was it. Plus you have to go to contractor school for 6 weeks and pass the course of understanding and implementing a contract and how to write a contract.
So choose your person who is going to do the work for you wisely, it could save you thousands of dollars.
I recommend you first look for the person who has hands on experience and has been in the building trades for at least 20 years.
Then I recommend you ask the person for personal references form previous customers, preferably one that he has just completed and possibly one where you can go to inspect his work and meet the person who had this done.
If he or she has nothing to hide then they will be happy to accommodate
your request and be happy to show you if his previous customer is willing.
The last customer will let you know how things went with the job. They are a great safety precaution when seeking a builder for your remodel.
So look for the person who has hands on experience ” a Builder ” with a contractor license. There is a difference. Not just a Contractor.