You may have heard the terms “general contractor” and “remodeling contractor” before, but do you know what they are? Understanding the difference between these two types of contractors can help you make an informed decision about who to hire for your next project. This blog post will give you a better understanding of both general contractors and remodeling contractors so that you can decide which one is right for your needs!
What is a General Contractor?
A general contractor is a company that typically takes on larger, more complex projects. General contractors usually work with the client from start to finish and are responsible for managing all aspects of the project. A general contractor can give you all the information needed to make the correct decision. When you hire a general contractor, they will take responsibility for hiring subcontractors and coordinating schedules among other team members as well.
One thing to keep in mind about general contractors is that it’s essential to be clear who has the final say when it comes down to executing decisions throughout the building process, because there may be times where multiple people have input. Still, only one person can make the decision.
General contractors have normally licensed establishments with expertise in various applications such as; electrical, plumbing, flooring, drywall, and carpentry. If your project comprises multiple specialties, consider going with a general contractor.
What is a Home Remodeling Contractor?
A remodeling contractor must have experience working within your living space. They need to be experienced to recognize the “existing conditions” and plan accordingly. A remodeling contractor is more experienced than most General Contractors. A remodeling contractor specializes in smaller, less complex projects. While they may still take on bigger jobs from time to time, it’s rare for them to coordinate every aspect of the project because that is usually not how their business operates.
Their involvement with a project can vary greatly depending upon what type of work needs to be done and who hired them; some may prefer one role over another while others will do whatever is required and expected by the client or whoever initiated contact with the company.
It’s important when hiring someone for this position to make sure you know exactly what kind of service they provide before signing any contracts so that there aren’t any surprises once construction begins!
When to Hire a General Contractor or Remodeler for a project?
Deciding when to hire a general contractor or remodeler is rarely an easy decision, and it can depend upon what you need your project completed for. General contractors usually take on more significant projects that require more coordination with other team members. Still, they also have the potential to cost more money than smaller jobs would in comparison.
If you’re looking for someone who will be handling every aspect of the project from start to finish while coordinating multiple aspects of construction at once, then a general contractor may be perfect!
Otherwise, if you only want help with a small area such as replacing some kitchen cabinets, installing new flooring, etc., then hiring a remodeling contractor might be better because their services are typically less expensive and involve fewer people throughout the process.
How to know you need a contractor for your home project;
- The projects cost more than $500
- More extensive projects, including several specialties.
- Added insurance against injury and property damage during the project
- You want more peace of mind knowing specialists are working on your project
Hiring a general contractor might be more beneficial for your project, not in terms of cost but in terms of quality and turnaround times. Construction has evolved like the electric car, you can’t do it alone anymore!
If you live in Central Oregon and are in need of a home remodeler, design-build contractor, or custom home builder, we’d love to serve you. D.E. Rink Construction is a top-rated home remodeler and custom home builder. Give us a call today at (541)-388-0719!