Building a New Home?
Need a New Roof?
Sun Room Dreams?
Please take a few minutes to review the following tips before you hire a contractor to do any work similar to the above projects.
Tips for Hiring a Reputable Contractor
Bulloch County is fortunate to have the Statesboro Home Builder’s Association along with Bulloch County ordinances to promote a high level of experienced contractors. The Home Builder’s Association assists members by offering educational opportunities for contractors to maintain a high standard for business. However, not all contractors operate within the law. Every year consumers become victims of unscrupulous contractors.
Avoid Dealing With Contractors Who:
• Use high-pressure sales tactics.
• Pressure you to sign contracts and documents immediately.
• Tell you they can help you get a loan from a lender they know.
• Only accept cash payments.
• Demand payment for the entire job upfront.
• Ask you to get the required building permits.
Tips For Hiring A Reputable Contractor:
• All contractors who accept money for services provided are required to maintain a current occupation tax (commonly referred to as a business license).
• Find out how long the contractor has been in business.
• Obtain and check several references from former customers, preferable those who had similar work done. If possible, inspect the contractor’s work.
• Talk to subcontractors about the contractor’s payment history. The State of Georgia may allow subcontractors and/or suppliers to file a mechanic’s lien against your home to satisfy their unpaid bills. Ask the contractor, subcontractors, and suppliers for a lien release or lien waiver.
• Make sure that the contractor is responsible for obtaining any permits required for the job.
• Make sure the subcontractors have a current occupation tax.
• Always get a written contract.
• Make sure all inspections have been performed and completed.
• Make sure the contractor completes the job. Don’t make a final payment until all of the work meets the standards spelled out in the contract, you have received written warranties for materials and workmanship, you have proof that all subcontractors and suppliers have been paid, the job-site has been cleaned up, you have inspected and approved the completed work and that the County has issued a certificate of occupancy.
Do It Yourself
Homeowners may act as their own general contractor if the following steps are met:
• For new home construction and additions only, please call Dink Butler (912) 764-0156 to schedule an appointment.
• Obtain proper permits. The Residential Permit Requirements are listed on this form.
• Follow all required inspections.
When is a permit required?
• New Construction
• Structure over 200 square feet (e.g., garage, pole barn, storage building, shed)
• Site-built Home Moving
• Swimming Pools
• Decks (over 200 square feet)
When is a permit not required?
• Sidewalks and driveways
• Painting, wallpapering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops, and similar finish work
Please call (912) 489-1356 to verify if your work requires a permit.