Ready to get started on that remodeling project you’ve been putting off? You know, the one you haven’t gotten to because there is never enough time or money. Not to mention the number of decisions to be made about products like tile, cabinets, countertops and trim. And what about hiring a reliable electrician and plumber, pulling permits and so on.
Let’s face it, remodeling can be down right overwhelming! Which is why we often get asked the question: “How do I get started on my remodeling project?”
Our answer always depends on the extent of the remodel (sorry, there’s not very many cookie-cutter answers in home construction) and how much of the work the homeowner is able to do themselves. Do-it-yourself works for many people who have the time, energy and skill-set to tackle such projects. But what if you don’t have the extra time, know-how or interest? This is where a general contractor comes in.
General contractors are responsible for the overall coordination of the project. They are the “big picture” thinkers that you work with from the initial idea phase to the finishing touches.
There are many benefits to hiring a general contractor for your home remodel, addition or major maintenance project. Here, we’ve compiled 5 of the most important reasons to hire a general contractor.
1. People. General contractors know people. The right people. General contractors use their knowledge of the industry to bring the right subcontractors to do the job. For example, if you are adding a bedroom and bathroom to your basement, you’ll need services from plumbers, framers, drywallers, electricians, carpenters and painters. Your general contractor knows reputable people specific to the trades and has established relationships with them.
2. Bottom line. General contractors may be able to get you a better price on materials or services then if you go it alone. Your contractor may get bulk discounts on products or have relationships with businesses that give discounts because of business volume.
3. Liability. General contractors carry a license, insurance and worker’s compensation. (Always make sure your GA is licensed!) If you hire subcontractors directly, you assume the risk for injuries and property damage.
4. Timing. General contractors have experience with construction timelines and know how to orchestrate workflow. Everyone knows you can’t put the cabinets in before the walls go up, but what if the drywallers are a day early and electricians a day late? When will they come back? Will they come back? Your general contractor has the experience of working with construction variables and takes on the responsibility (and stress) of getting it all done within the agreed upon time frame.
5. Peace of mind. Knowing that your project is being handled by an experienced professional takes the burden off your shoulders. Overseeing the quality of work of each tradesman on the job is the responsibility of the general contractor and they ensure to you that the job is done right, on time and on budget.
How to choose contractors: http://www.hgtvremodels.com/home-systems/six-steps-to-vetting-contractors/index.html
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