Choosing whether or not to hire a general contractor for your construction project can be a confusing proposition. For one thing, you may not be entirely clear on what a general contractor actually does, so you may not see the benefit in having one involved with your project.
Simply stated, a general contractor is a company you hire to supervise your project from start to finish. They’re responsible for hiring, managing and scheduling all the project’s subcontractors—which can be quite a large number depending on the job.
Take a kitchen remodel for example: for this kind of job you’ll probably need an electrical contractor, a plumbing contractor, a countertop contractor, a cabinet contractor, a flooring contractor, a painting contractor, and someone to install the appliances. When you have a general contractor on the job, you can relax, because you know that the general contractor is selecting and hiring subcontractors with the proper experience and expertise to get your job done right and on budget.
In addition to working with subcontractors, general contractors also take care of vital project details such as getting required permits and making sure that code enforcement approves the project. Thanks to their relationships in the industry, general contractors can also usually get you better prices on materials and labor. And, should any problems arise, reputable general contractors can be relied on to warranty their work for a reasonable period of time.
Not all projects require a general contractor, but if any of the following conditions apply to your job, you should definitely consider hiring one:
- If the job is going to take more than a week
- If the job requires several different subcontractors to complete
- If the job requires pulling permits
Generations West is proud to be one of the Desert’s premier general contractors. We’ve been satisfying clients in Palm Desert, Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley for years. Give us a call at (760) 345-9898 when you’re planning your next project.