In an attempt to save money or due to high confidence in their do-it-yourself skills, some property owners try to tackle a construction project without the assistance of a general contractor (GC). However, even relatively minor building and renovation projects are more complex than they seem at first: there are numerous decisions to make along the way, building codes with which to comply, and subcontractors to select and manage. Navigating the process without a GC carries a high risk of costly errors that could derail the project.
If you are unsure whether to hire a GC for your next construction project, consider the following ways in which these licensed professionals add value:
- Building and renovation projects can be overwhelming. General contractors handle everything from start to finish, guiding you along every step of the way from the brainstorming phase to final completion. A general contractor can provide you with the information you need to make any construction decisions that you may not have foreseen at the outset of the project.
- General contractors manage the construction schedule, including the order in which subcontractors complete their work, and do everything in their power to ensure that the project is completed on time and within the set budget.
- General contractors handle the vetting and management of subcontractors, screening and interviewing them and then verifying the quality of their work as it is performed.
- General contractors possess the requisite knowledge of applicable building codes and laws. These regulations, which vary by location, can be confusing to anyone who is not a licensed contractor, and code violations may result in construction delays and additional expenses.
- General contractors are skilled in adhering to safety procedures. Construction can be a dangerous business, and general contractors have the training and experience needed to reduce the risk of accidents occurring on your property.
- General contractors possess substantial knowledge about the construction process. Sometimes, property owners think that they can perform repairs or improvements on their own, not realizing the limitations of their knowledge. When trying to take on a project by yourself, even a minor error can translate to costly repairs. Avoiding errors in the first place is the best way to control costs and achieve the result you are seeking, and GCs provide the experience and knowledge needed to get the job done correctly from the outset.
- Since a GC oversees all work that is performed and the subcontractors performing it, if something goes wrong during the course of the project, the GC is responsible for rectifying it. This means that the property owner does not have to worry about fixing or paying to fix every little mistake that may occur; the GC will handle it and the cost of repairs will typically come out of the overall budget for the project.
Regardless of the scope, our team of professionals at AEH Builders treats each project with the same degree of care as if it were our own. We handle your project from beginning to end, whether we are building your dream home, completing a renovation, or performing handyman services. We thoroughly vet all subcontractors to ensure that they comply with our high standards. Contact us today at 480-442-2341.