Are you about to remodel a large portion of your home? If so, you need to find a general contractor to handle the work from bids to contracts to payments. While you could work directly with plumbers, cabinet makers, and other companies, the work involved in coordinating a huge home remodeling project may be too much for you to handle if you haven't handled them before. Here are three reasons why hiring that general contractor could be the best move you make for your home remodel.
Much Better Scheduling
A good general contractor knows what order in which all the work has to be done, and he or she can schedule the subcontractors so each can come in with enough time to get their part of the work done without clashing with another subcontractor's duties. There are no surprises when a subcontractor comes in and says he or she can't do the work because X and Y portions haven't been done yet by other subcontractors. The remodeling schedule will proceed much more smoothly if you have a general contractor running the show.
Much Less Stress
If you're embarking on a massive remodel, are you really going to want to get multiple bids from multiple subcontractors for multiple parts of the remodel? Are you really going to want to handle rescheduling subcontractors if one of them has to delay his or her portion of the work? No, you're not. Let a general contractor do all that so you can get on with your day. If you were to try to handle all of that work, your stress level would likely shoot up to really uncomfortable levels. But if you hire a general contractor, you just have to check in every so often and see how the whole project is going.
If you hire a good general contractor, and if that contractor pays all of the subcontractors as agreed, you will not have to worry about sending out several payments to several different companies. You will pay the general contractor, who will pay the subcontractors. You should still pay in installments with the last payment due after the home remodel has been satisfactorily completed, but your payments will be to one company. It's crucial, though, that you choose a good general contractor who has a long record of paying all subcontracting costs as agreed. If you get a general contractor who flakes on payments, then the subcontractors can go after you and place liens on your house.
Start checking out general contractors in your area, getting referrals and references as necessary. Talk to each contractor about how long he or she thinks your project will take and how much it will cost (and how much of a cost overrun does the general contractor foresee). To learn more, contact a company like ULF & Associates, LLC.Share