The Value of a General Contractor: How We Help You

The Value of a General Contractor

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A general contractor has the ability to repair and improve your home through detailed projects in several different ways. These talented individuals can rely on their powerful expertise in construction to make your home better—but, do you really know how they can help you or what they have to offer?

“What is a general contractor? Aren’t they some kind of construction person?”

“We work in construction, but we actually play a much bigger role when it comes to seeing a project through.”

General contractors are often known to end up working on a bunch of different projects with their clients, and that is a part of their charm. These construction experts can be a part of talented teams that give them the ability to suit your every need. Bringing together knowledge, planning, and networking connections, we help to guarantee a smooth and timely remodel.

Let’s explore what makes this possible.

What Separates General Contractors from Others in the Construction Industry?

To help you understand just how helpful general contractors are, we need to discuss the construction industry a little bit. The average person generally sees construction activity and assumes that building is just building—but that isn’t the case. There is a lot that goes into even the simplest remodels, and you need experts to bring it all together.

Within the construction world, there are all kinds of different specialties  These differences can determine how helpful a team will be when you need them. Some people specialize in very specific niches, but a general contractor does the opposite. General contractors often embody as many specializations as possible so they can handle a long list of projects instead of a chosen few. When they don’t have an expert on their team, they know other people that they can call to see it through—so you get the whole package!

Common Specializations Include:

  • Plumbing
  • Electric
  • Tile
  • Drywall
  • Solid Surface

“Wow, I had no idea that there were so many different areas of expertise! How can one person or team know so many different things?”

“A combination of education, working experience, and good old-fashioned curiosity! It helps that we have some pretty talented friends too!”

The Value Offered by a General Contractor

While general contractors are great at using an amazing team to redesign your home, they actually offer quite a bit more. Your general contractor isn’t just a person who will handle remodels or repairs. They are your connection to the industry—and they can help you in a lot of different ways by making those connections.

“I don’t know anything about remodels.”

“That’s okay. As your general contractor, I can help explain each part of the process to you—and what we need to get it done..”

Consulting

Any time that you work with a general contractor, you should receive some sort of consulting. This is an interaction that will occur when you partner with your contractor on a project—even if you are just getting started. Being able to offer consultation on different projects is something that general contractors excel at because they have all of that expertise.

When your general contractor is working as a consultant, you should feel it. You should be a part of a dialogue where you and your contractor work together to define the perfect project for your home. By doing this, you will learn about the process and everything involved. 

“I don’t know anything about kitchen remodels. Can you still help me?”

“Of course! We can help to define your remodel and what it will look like together. When I have a better idea of what you want, we can walk through the process and get on the same page. Let’s start small!”

By doing this, general contractors instill confidence in their clients. You should feel like you know exactly what is going on—and like you are being left in good hands. The best contractors know that their clients should be informed and confident going into any build, so if you don’t feel that way, it might be a good idea to step back. 

Project Issues

As much as we general contractors wish that nothing ever went wrong during a project, we can’t promise you that. The truth is that building is more creative than people give it credit for, and every project is different. Differences can come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes they influence the project for better or worse. When something goes wrong, you need to know that you are working with someone that you can trust. Issues aren’t as scary if you know that your team can handle them.

“Due to unexpected circumstances, it is actually going to take a couple of extra days to complete the project.”

“Is everything okay?”

“Absolutely! Let me explain what changed so you can understand the time delay. It’s completely normal, don’t worry!”

Budget

The average person likely doesn’t have a clear gauge on how much a project will cost—and that is completely understandable. A big role that contractors play for their clients involves budgeting. You might not know how much your dream remodel would cost, but we do. General contractors can offer important insights that will help you to better understand how far your money will go.

It isn’t often that contractors hear someone say that there isn’t a budget. The majority of us have a budget for big investments like this. As your contractor, we strive to help you understand your budget and what you can get for it. This means that we can help you to stretch your budget further by finding key savings opportunities. 

“My budget is $40,000. I want to remodel my kitchen. Is that enough?”

“We can certainly work with that budget, but we will need to break down what you are looking for to be sure. Let’s map it all out together with that budget in mind!”

For a project to be successful, there needs to be a clear balance between budget and the scope of work. You will be responsible for determining what your budget is. Your contractor will help you to learn how that budget can be used for a remodel.  We will be prepared to let you know if you want more than your budget can currently offer—and we can generally help you to find a good balance.

Timeline

Every single remodel is a completely unique project. While this can be a lot of fun for contractors and homeowners alike, it does come with some problems. A big part of your project will be the timeline that is being followed. 

A timeline will give a clear map regarding how the scope of work will be approached until it is complete. Some projects take a short amount of time, while others can have your home feeling like a construction zone for weeks. Your contractor can help you to learn what your timeline is and how it will impact your daily life. 

Coordination of the Project

General contractors are often talented folks with talented teams. However, your general contractor team might not be a one-size-fits-all kind of team. Most teams have a varying collection of talents among them—but that doesn’t mean that they have all the talents. 

“We can certainly handle these aspects of the kitchen remodel, but we’re going to need to work with another contractor for the in-house water park addition.”

More often than not, when a project requires a lot of expertise, contractors will work with subcontractors. A subcontractor is just another contractor who is bringing a specific skill to the team. Instead of handling it in-house, we will connect with talented professionals who do have the necessary expertise to ensure that your remodel receives work done by people who know how to handle every aspect effectively.

Planning

In planning, a lot is going on. There are plenty of small parts that need to be managed to ensure that a project is completed quickly and effectively. You want to be happy with the work that you receive, and we want that for you as well. Contractors will be responsible for planning everything out to ensure that the project is handled well. A lot of work goes into planning, but it is always worth it when we see how happy you are with a remodel!

Your Contractor and Pre-Construction Meetings

Depending on your background, you likely don’t have a lot of detailed understanding of how remodels work from a technical perspective. This is where we come in. Your contractor will always want to sit down with you and talk through the extent of your remodel. We refer to these as pre-construction meetings, and we take them very seriously.

“Let’s talk through your kitchen remodel and what you can expect.”

“Aren’t you just remodeling my kitchen?”

“Yes, but let’s talk through the process so you are completely comfortable with what we intend to do. This will also help you to enjoy the changes as we work over time. It can be very exciting!”

“Wow, I can’t wait to hear all about it!”

A good general contractor will always put in the work to make sure that you are on the same page as the team. We want you to know what we are doing to your home—and we also want you to understand how we intend to make this all possible. As your contractor, we will always offer an in-depth meeting where we all get to sit down and talk through the project in its entirety. Doing this before we get started is crucial for the success of the project.

Your Contractor and Execution

In some cases, people choose to be their own general contractors. Though they don’t always plan to handle any of the physical construction work, they do like to arrange the teams and manage the schedules. Some people see this as an opportunity to save money, but more often than not, you will just find yourself losing time. 

“I know that I need a plumber for my new sink, flooring experts for new tile, and someone to install the new cabinets. That’s fine—I can do it all myself!”

“Did you know that the order you call these professionals in will matter for the success of the project?”

“Can’t I just have them all come in on the same day?”

“We wouldn’t recommend that—and there is a good chance that your teams won’t work under those conditions either. Let’s talk through why that is.”

A general contractor is privy to the way that projects need to be run. Knowing what kind of professionals can handle what tasks—and in the proper order—is really important. Years of expertise go into making these processes seamless, and that is the kind of knowledge that we can offer. Unfortunately, making the wrong calls for scheduling can lead to costly expenses when you have to reschedule later. As your contractor, we will ensure that everything is managed the way that it needs to be. That means you get to enjoy your remodel sooner rather than later.

When you have a lot to manage for a project, it is easy to end up with miscommunications and added problems. General contractors will know how to schedule their teams, but the average person won’t have the right information to orchestrate it in the same way. While we can finish a full bathroom remodel in twelve days, we have seen individuals trying to coordinate bathroom remodels themselves end up with a bathroom that couldn’t be used for months. 

The Takeaway

General contractors can help homeowners to get the remodel that they want quickly and effectively. What we offer you in terms of efficiency and savings will nearly always outweigh the outcome of trying to manage it all yourself. At the end of the day, it comes down to knowledge and expertise. As contractors, we know exactly what it takes for you to have a successful remodel for the best price and with the best timeline. We love helping to bring it all together, so don’t hesitate to contact us to start talking through your next big project! 

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