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Types of Home Improvement Contractors

by Don Vandervort, © HomeTips

Once the design for your remodel is nearly complete, it is time to make a decision about how you will get the actual construction work done. You have several options:

General Contractor

A general contractor handles all aspects of a project, from demolition to final paint. This person hires and oversees all of the necessary subcontractors and tradespeople including carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and painters. He or she also orders and coordinates delivery of all materials and fixtures. A general contractor is probably your best bet if your remodel will be reasonably complex, such as a home addition or major kitchen remodel.

Design-Build Contractor

A design-build firm will handle both the design and the construction of your remodel. As discussed in Should You Hire a Design-Build Contractor?, there are benefits and drawbacks to going this route. In brief, the best benefit is expedience—the ability to get certain types of work such as design modifications done quickly. The downside is that the designer may not represent your interests as much as if you had hired an independent architect or designer.

Contract It Yourself

If you have a reasonable measure of experience in construction, you may be able to be your own contractor, hiring and managing the subcontractors and tradespeople yourself. By doing this, you may save, but you will have to make the time to oversee the work with an eye toward quality, draw the permits for any work that involves plumbing or electrical, and you may not be able to get the discounts on materials that a contractor can. In addition, you will have to deal with the delays, mistakes, and general headaches that may leave you wishing you had hired a contractor.

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