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November 27, 2013:
Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, the need for licensed general contractors in New York has never been greater. Damage on Staten Island, the Rockaways, and Brooklyn is causing a backlog of projects and supplies for contractors. Insurance companies are also making payments for contractor work in Queens, Belle Harbor, and Breezy Point, but the real issue may be the wait for certified tradespeople for repair and disaster cleanup work. Contractor licensing applications for NY have also risen, given the sudden need for more contractors, and of course in the midst of all this the cost of a contracting firm has gone up as well. Watch out for bad contractors!

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Payment Processing

Credit card processing for general contractors has become a hot topic in the past few years thanks to new technology like wireless terminals. Many customers and businesses will use credit cards to pay where they once used checks, and smart contractors can use this to their advantage.

Trusted NY General Contractors

Always ask to see a license and insurance!

New York General ContractorsFew jobs are more challenging than that of the general contractor, and in in New York State the challenges are even bigger. A good contractor has to work with multiple subcontractors, unions, city and state departments, new building and plumbing codes, and environmental restrictions that yesterday's construction contractor did not have to consider. Furthermore, residential and commercial contractors are under intense pressure to deliver competitive quotes on building projects and organize various trades with military precision to ensure that everything happens on time, on budget, and up to code. Anyone familiar with New York's rainy and snowy weather patterns can tell you that a NY general contractor has his work cut out for him. For commercial contracting, the building contractor must work within specific schedules and often when business is not taking place in occupied sections of the property. For new building work, demolition, hauling, and clearing of the site has to be organized before the foundation is poured. Residential contractors need to be conscious of historic neighborhoods, noise regulations, groundwater levels (dig a deep enough hole and you'll find out) and local planning boards. If you are doing a major home remodel, or building your dream home, you will become very familiar with the General Contractor, so you need to make sure you get one that you can trust. The best way to do this is to get quotes from several, see how their plans stack up, and go with the best balance of price and features. A good contractor in NY can build you a house that includes high grade cabinets, top of the line flooring, durable exteriors, and even built-in appliances that won't break the bank. When you're constructing a house from the ground up, you can often negotiate discounts, so ask your general contracting candidates what they can do for you, and you might be surprised. If you are looking for contractors in NYC, you'll also want to get guarantees that your condo board will let them in and out to get the work done. Sometimes it pays to get a little "repair work" done for the people on the board if you want to get that dream kitchen in your apartment, but of course that's something you probably already know.

Many online services offer ratings on bonded, licensed, and insured contractors. Just remember that it is very easy for shady contractors to create fake positive reviews for themselves and negative reviews for their competitors. Look to several sources if you are checking out references for your construction project, and as always don't forget that projects tend to take longer than expected, and with remodeling projects you may uncover problems with plumbing, electrical, termites, and structural issues that you had not anticipated. If you ever watched "This Old House" then you know what can happen when you start renovating a home.

Notes and Special Information

Special note: Make sure your contractor is licensed, insured, and square with the applicable union, or else you will start to see problems. Also make sure the subcontractors are above board, as there are quite a few in NYC who can't manage their finances very well, so your project can be delayed by cash flow problems.