If you watch DYI videos online or read home improvement magazines, you might think that it's easy to complete projects around the house. There's no reason to hire a general contractor to help you with a project that you can simply do yourself, right? Wrong. A lot of home renovation projects look a lot easier than they actually are to complete. So before you start your next project, you might want to consider hiring a general contractor to help you. In fact, there are several benefits to hiring a general contractor that you need to take into consideration.
Supplies, Tools, and Equipment
If you consider yourself a relatively handy person, you might have a decent collection of tools. However, your tool collection may not include all of the tools needed to complete your renovation project. A good general contractor will have all of the tools needed on hand, as well as access to any heavy equipment you might need. Contractors also typically have already established relationships with local vendors and industry professionals, so your contractor might be able to purchase the supplies needed to complete your job cheaper than you could.
Licensed, Bonded, and Insured
Most general contractors are licensed, bonded, and insured. This protects you as well as them. A contractor's insurance covers on-the-job accidents for the contractor and any employees. However, some contractors also carry business insurance to cover any specialists, such as electrician and plumbers, that they hire to complete portions of the work. Additionally, jobs that are bonded are backed by a financial institution. This guarantees that the job gets completed according to the terms of the contract. So by hiring a contractor who is licensed, bonded, and insured, you are assured the job will be completed correctly and you aren't liable for workers who get injured while working in your home.
Do you know what kind of permits, if any, are needed to complete your renovation project? If so, do you know where and how to obtain the permits that you need? A general contractor will know if you need to obtain a permit before beginning your home renovation project, as well as what type of permit you need and how to obtain it.
Home renovation projects often require more work than people think. So unless you have experience completing the kind of project that you're working on, you should consider hiring a general contractor like Clodfelter Construction to help you.