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Pace Construction FAQ

This page covers frequently asked questions in regards to our services, questions that most customers have asked us over the years of providing exemplary construction services in the Pace area. If you don’t see the answer you are looking for, please contact us directly and we will address your issues personally.

How close do you stay to time lines and budgets?

The budget and a reasonable time frame are stated in the contract, which is signed by all parties with copies provided before break ground or start any project. There is an Act of God provision in the contract. Construction during a hurricane is not only dangerous, but not likely to produce a good finished project, but check with our references and you can see for yourself if it's not due to nature or outside forces, we do what we say, when we say.

How are payments made, and when are they made?

Again, these terms are broken down in the contract based on progress with a completion date included. Typically we take a deposit of 10% for materials, and the rest of the payments are determined beforehand. Once the work is completed to a pre-determined point, a pre-determined payment is made, with final payment due upon completion.

How many of your customers come from repeat business, or from referrals from existing or previous customers?

We are very blessed to say that over 50% of our customers come to us or are referred to us from customers we've performed for in the past. As you will see when you check our references, there is a reason for such a loyal client base.

What about permits?

Depending on your location and what is being done, a permit might be required or it may not. If a permit is required for your project, we will obtain the permit, handle all inspections, make sure everything is built to code, and that the project and process satisfies all requirements to the letter of the law.

What should I be asking my contractor?

A few key questions to ask could be: “How long have you been in business?”, “Have you ever done a project like this one, if so tell me about it?”, “Do you have insurance?”, “Who does the work; you, your employees, or is the project completely done by sub-contractors?” With years of experience under our belts, General Contractor Inc is happy to provide all of these answers, and provide references if need be.

What about materials?

Important materials are specified in the contract. All materials are covered, however, as substitutions are sometimes unavoidable (lots of bricks run out, for example, colors of materials are sometimes no longer made), we make it clear that an equal substitution will be made but only upon your approval. For items such as lighting fixtures or doorknobs that you have not chosen when the contract is signed, a budget is determined in the contract to cover exactly what will be spent on them.

What is a change order?

A change order is a written statement signed by the customer authorizing the contractor to do additional work not included in the original contract. The change order should be signed before the additional work is started, but often it is not in order to keep the project moving. The amount specified is due when the project is completed. A change order also may be written when a contractor comes across any unforeseen damage or problem.


Frequently Asked General Contractor Questions

What Is a General Contractor?

A general contractor oversees the services required to complete construction projects, this includes:

  • The construction itself
  • The materials needed
  • The hiring of skilled workers
  • The supply of machinery, tool and equipment supply
  • And project management

A general contractor may offer a myriad of specific services and may also hire subcontractors to focus on specific jobs such as plumbing or electrical work. They are often considered to be the liaison between the customer and everybody working on the project.

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What Does a General Contractor Do?

The general contractor serves as a liaison between the client and the individual workers. While some workers may be a part of the general contractor’s team, other workers may be subcontracted to complete specific aspects of the project. The general contractor oversees the entire project. They ensure that the construction is being conducted on schedule using the right tools and equipment, that workers are aware of the design plan, and that the client’s needs are understood.  

How Does a General Contractor Prepare an Estimate?

To prepare an estimate, the general contractor will discuss the project plan directly with the client, finding out what services are needed and what materials and machinery will be used.

From there, they will take into consideration the cost of paying each worker, and how much time the project will take to complete. Once each cost is calculated accurately, the general contractor will be able to provide the client with an estimate.

Are You Insured?

Yes. All working general contractors should be.

A worksite can be a dangerous place, so airing on the side of cautious protects the worker’s safety, as well as the client’s.

Are You Licensed?

Yes. A licensed general contractor has proof that they are insured and can attain all necessary permits for a client’s project. A licensed general contractor also has the correct training to conduct services safely using the best tools and techniques.

Does My Remodeling Job Need a Permit?

Requiring a legal permit depends on the customer’s exact location and the nature of the project itself.  A reliable general contracting team will always provide acquisition of permits as part of their services before the project gets underway.

At What Point in the Planning Should I Hire a General Contractor?

Hiring a general contractor should happen in the early stages of construction planning. A general contractor is a great resource to ensure that your project progresses smoothly from start to finish.

A general contractor can draw up an estimate, help you create a design and project plan, as well as organizing machinery, tools, scheduling, and specialists to complete the job.

How Do I Find Out How Much My Project Will Cost?

Many general contracting companies will provide comprehensive consultations and assessments with their clients before getting started. Once they take the time to survey the project area and find out the client’s goals, they should be able to offer a pretty accurate estimate for the entire cost of the proposed project. 

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