When is a remodeling professional not a remodeling professional? When he’s a residential general contractor.
Not funny at all, but many homeowners don’t know the difference between the two and can get a little confused when it comes to hiring the right people for their home improvement or remodeling project.
A residential general contractor is more than just a remodeling contractor. He or she is the right person to take on larger residential remodels and additions and will generally hire other home improvement professionals on a subcontract basis. For instance a full kitchenremodel (cabinets, countertops, flooring, the whole nine yards) usually takes at least six to eight weeks to complete, so this kind of remodel is definitely a job for a residential contractor.
For such a job to be completed successfully you will need an electrician, a plumber, a countertop contractor, a cabinet contractor, a flooring pro, a painter, and someone to install the appliances. The genesis of the residential general contractor is that they are the ones to orchestrate all these pros so that the work gets done in an orderly fashion and no one is under anyone else’s feet.
Often homeowners hire a general residential contractor when they do not really need one, and vice versa. How do you know whether you need to find one for your planned project? Basically you should consider hiring one if:
The remodeling job will take longer than a week
If you already know that the project will require the services of several different pros
If the project is going to involve a number of permits and/or planning permissions.
Finding a good residential general contractor will take a little more work than simply picking a name out of the Yellow Pages or off the top of a Google search. Not all general contractors are residential specialists, there are industrial experts as well, but that is not always clear from an ad. Using a service like remodelingcontractor.com can help a great deal as they can put you in touch with the right people the first time to ensure that you are not wasting time talking to the wrong person.