Television shows, books, and Internet articles make home improvement projects look simple. So, why should you hire a general contractor when you can simply complete the project yourself? Chances are, your home renovation project isn't as easy to complete as you might think, and hiring a contractor to complete the job for you has several benefits. Before you start demolishing portions of your house, learn why hiring a contractor for your project might be a good idea.
Tools, Equipment, and Supplies
If you're a handy person, you probably have accumulated a collection of tools over the years, but that doesn't mean that you have all of the tools you need to complete your project. However, general contractors have access to the tools needed to complete your job, as well as any heavy equipment that might be needed for larger projects. In addition to the contractor's tools, a good contractor will already have established relationships with other industry professionals and vendors. Because he has already established relationships, he might be able to save you some money by getting a discount on equipment rental or purchasing material at cost.
Licenses, Bonds, and Insurance
Most people know that they should only hire a general contractor that is licensed, bonded, and insured. However, do you know the insurance covers, or how to know if your job is bonded?
General contractors carry worker's compensation insurance and general liability insurance. This protects their workers in the event that there is an on-the-job injury, as well as any damage that happens to your belongings. Keep in mind, worker's compensation and general liability insurance typically covers people employed by your contractor. So, if your contractor brings in another contractor, such as an electrician, make sure that contractor has separate business insurance policies so that you aren't liable for any accidents or damage.
When a job is bonded, it is guaranteed by a financial institution that the job will be completed as agreed. This protects you from losing money if a job isn't completed. Before the home renovation project begins, you should receive a valid copy of the job bond from your contractor.
You don't have to worry about obtaining permits for the work you're having completed if you hire a general contractor. Not only does an experienced contractor obtain the work and building permits needed, he knows exactly what type of permits to get and when to file.
Completing a home renovation project is a lot of work. So, unless you know what you're doing; have all of the tools, supplies, and equipment that you need; and have time to complete the project, you're probably better off hiring a general contractor like CL Presser Company to complete the project for you.Share