Your home is probably the biggest investment you have made in your lifetime, and when it comes to its renovation you would certainly refuse to compromise in it. When you plan for renovating your home, the first question that comes in your way is to do it yourself or not to do it yourself.
One of the most important skills for any do-it-yourselfer is to know when not to. If you have a really big project in mind, like adding a room or a project that involves skills (and tools) outside of your knowledge, turning to professionals is a good choice.
What do General Contractors do?
Home Renovation general contractors are the “big picture” thinkers. They work with you through the entire project, from the idea phase to the finished product. By contrast, subcontractors come and go. They specialize in certain areas of the construction process, like large equipment operation, concrete formulation, plumbing, electricity, and carpentry. They enter a project to do a particular task and leave when that task is finished.
So in case you have been thinking you should manage your renovation yourself, here are our top 10 reasons you should hire a general contractor.
How do I get contractor experience?
- Saves Time and Money
Commercial general contractors oversee the entire project. They are able to make sure every facet of the job has the materials needed and are able to schedule various tasks when the time is right. Their job is to make sure all phases of the project flow smoothly, meaning no delays, no wasted time and no wasted cash flow.
- Tried and Tested Trades
Maybe you know you need to hire a carpenter, plumber, electrician, painter, tiler and flooring company, but how do you know which one? Word of mouth referrals and online reviews are ways that can help you narrow down the field. Hiring a general contractor is even easier.
A well-established contractor has the experience to know which sub-trades are the best for certain jobs. They’ve also spent years building strong relationships, which can mean that your job gets moved to the front of the queue during times of high demand.
- Proper Coding and Licensing
With home additions and other major redesigns, you need to ensure you are meeting the proper codings and regulations based on your area. Specific guidelines need to be met and, should you break them, all of your hard work will be done for nothing. By hiring a licensed expert from the start, you can rest easy knowing they will have you covered every step of the way.
- DIY may cost double
A renovation service gone wrong will cost you thousands in repairs, time delays and ongoing inconvenience at the end of the day. Hiring the right people for the job the first time around can prevent much stress and losses ensuring that you receive value and an exceptional standard of workmanship.
- Only one person in the picture!
Hiring a commercial general contractor to renovate your existing business or build a new one, offers you a variety of benefits that will pay off in the long run. You will get customized results from trained professionals and have the peace of mind that comes with knowing one person is overseeing the entire project. With a commercial general contractor, everyone who works on the project reports to them, which means you only have to worry about dealing with one person from start to finish.
- They Ensure Quantity and Quality
Not making the right contractor decision can cost double or triple the initial expenses in repairs and re-dos. Jobs from the installation of tiles to fixtures should only be handled by an experienced professional to minimize waste and ensure that all materials are customized and correctly sized. There is no task too small or too large for specialists who will advise on the most suitable quality and value for the property.
- Things Will Be Done Right the First Time
Hiring a general contractor at the beginning of the project will keep things on schedule. It will also ensure that things will be done right the first time. General contractors have the skill and the experience to monitor all aspects of the project at once. Each aspect of the job has a supervisor that reports directly to the general contractor. With fewer miscommunications, jobs are completed on time and with no issues, problems or delays.
- You Will Have a Warranty
An experienced remodeling contractor will warranty their work so, should something go wrong a few months after the project is complete, they can and will address it for you. If you tackled the project yourself, you will either need to complete the repairs on your own or hire someone else to do it. Neither option is too appealing.
- Safety of your Home
Safety is a top concern among all professional contractors. It means that a job is done right, and it also helps prevent injuries and property damage. A contractor knows the local and international code and will obtain the right permits for the job.
- Lessens your Stress
Home renovations can be stressful. They can cause a disruption to your routine, and they require “strangers” to move freely in and out of your house. Hiring a general contractor removes some of this stress by building trust in your trades and by managing the details, both big and small.
Your home renovation is an investment in one of your biggest assets. Hiring a general contractor like Oran Remodeling will give you the best return.