If you are doing a remodeling project in your home, chances are you will be hiring a remodeling contractor soon. In the construction industry, a general remodeling contractor is a person or organization that acts as the project manager. In most cases, they are in charge of scheduling the process and hiring out some of the more specific work to subcontractors.
Most Common Subcontractors
If the project is in the kitchen or bathroom or it requires some plumbing work, a general remodeling contractor will generally hire a separate plumber to do the job. This is an area requiring enough skilled training that most general contractors are not qualified to complete.
It requires special education and certification to do serious electrical work as a contractor, so general contractors will nearly always hire an outside electrician to do this work for them.
Skilled Masonry Workers
If your job involves some intricate or complicated masonry work, a general contractor will often hire a mason to complete the tasks. Many general contractors have people on their team who can do basic bricklaying, but jobs that require things like decorative brick work, repointing, or curved archways are too complicated for someone without several years of experience.
Pouring a new driveway or patio is a big enough job that a whole concrete-laying team may be hired to complete the task. Laying concrete correctly is more complicated than you may realize, so big jobs are best done by someone who is very skilled.
Drywall Hangers and Painters
Hanging drywall, taping, mudding, and texturing new walls are not especially complicated tasks, but someone who does it all the time can get the job done much faster and more efficiently, so contractors often hire out this task if the job is especially big. Many drywall hangers also do painting.
Benefits to Hiring a Remodeling Contractor
The biggest reason people hire general contractors is because it makes the remodeling process easier for them. They have someone who knows the process in charge of scheduling everything, so they don't have to worry about it.
In addition, general contractors are often able to get cheaper rates from their sub-contractors than the average person because they have a standing agreement or contract with the sub-contractor, stating that the sub-contractor has first preference for completing the job. Cheaper rates for the general contractor means cheaper rates for you.
Occasionally you may be able to find a general contractor who has experience to do some of the work himself. He may put himself and his team in charge of hanging and taping drywall, painting, installing baseboards and trim, and generally cleaning up after the project is done. Such a contractor is likely to charge less for his services than one who hires out every task, since you will have to pay one less separate person for the job.
For more information, contact a local contractor, like Desert Earth and Wood, LLC.