Do You Really Need a General Contractor?
If you’re a do-it-yourself kind of person, you may not think that a residential general contractor can add any value to your projects. For some types of projects, that’s certainly true, but for others, a good contractor is indispensable.
How do you know when it’s time to hire a general contractor? The answer begins with an understanding of just what it is that contractors do.
The responsibilities of a general contractor
Residential contractors oversee and coordinate nearly every aspect of a home improvement or remodeling project. They hire the other professionals whose skills are needed, from plumbing and electrical subcontractors to painters and flooring installers. Whatever trade or professional services are required, the general contractor will schedule the subcontractors so that work is completed in the most efficient order.
Qualified contractors will also have proper licensing, worker’s compensation and insurance, which means they take on the liability for property damage or injuries that may occur. The less tangible — but still important — value they bring to your job includes expertise in project management, plus knowledge of the best construction methods, local building codes and the industry standards that apply to your particular project.
In addition, should something go wrong, the general contractor will be responsible for having it made right and for the costs to do so.
General contractors also have a role in the validity of certain product or material warranties. Roofs, windows and other features (especially those that are critical to structural integrity and long-term performance) may have warranties that will be voided if the work to install them isn’t performed by a qualified and certified contracting professional.
When should you hire a general contractor?
To determine when it’s time to call in a general contractor, ask yourself these questions:
- How long will it take to complete the project? If you think a week or more is needed, consider hiring a general contractor. With his or her knowledge of the time any subcontractors will need, the contractor can keep things moving smoothly.
- How will your local building codes affect your project? Building codes may dictate that certain projects be done by licensed professionals who must obtain a permit that non-professionals can’t get. If you decide to do such a project yourself, you could face substantial fines.
- How many different subcontractors will be needed? You may be able to oversee the work of one window installer, but if your project (a kitchen remodel, for example) requires the services of several tradespeople, a general contractor can save you time, headaches and possibly even money.
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